The morning of our final day of hiking, heading to Machu Picchu, we got our wake up call at 3:30. Yes, it’s the middle of the night. We had coffee and a small breakfast before heading to the line. The national park does not open until 5:30, all 200 hikers were waiting for the park to open.
We had about an hour hike to the Sun Gate, which is your first look at Machu Picchu. Right before the Sun Gate there are 50 very steep stairs called the Gringo Killer. At the top it was majestic! We were lucky to have a near perfect view.
We had about a 45 minute hike down to Machu Picchu. We then toured the Inca grounds. The scale is amazing and these pictures do not show how big it is.
After our tour we headed to Aguas Calientes for lunch, then a train and van back to Cusco.
This was an amazing trip. I highly recommend it to anyone in decent shape. The hike is no joke. Anyone interested in Kilimanjaro in June?