"DAY 4 of the Inca trail" Peru Travelogue by B_Caro

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High above the clouds

The campsite in the early morning (at about 5.30-6.00 am)

El Condor Pasa

Really, this little black spot is the Condor. I wasn't quick enough to change my zoomlens :-(

The ruins of Intipata

Arriving at the ruins of Intipata.

The Urubamba river

Deep down there, the Urubamba river

Wiñay Wayna

The ruins of Wiñay Wayna, close to the Trekkers Lodge (2700m)

the last part

From the Trekkers Lodge it is a walk of about 2 hours before you reach Machu Picchu.
And behind that hill is Macchu Picchu, but first we have to cross this jungle in front of us.

Inti Punco

And there she is : Inti Punco or the Sun gate. Passing this gate you'll see Machu Picchu for the first time. At least when you are lucky and there is no mist or clouds.

And after this dark green hill (in front of the photo), is Machu Picchu situated !
Instead of using the newer, shorter and more popular trail, we will take the old trail.
This old route is hardly used and is also longer (and prettier according to our guide).
Choosing this trail, we would arrived at MP in the late afternoon.

Machu Picchu

I made it ! Finally I am at Machu Picchu :-)

the campsite

Another view of the campsite.

the whole group

And before leaving for the 4th and last day, we had a photo with the whole group.

Phuyu Pata Marca

Nearby the campsite, the ruins of <b>Phuyu Pata Marca</b>, with a long chain of ritual baths.

And after a short visit of Phuyu Pata Marca we are on our way to MP.

Old trail

And now we are on the optional trail.
The new route goes straight down through the jungle.

Following the old trail, you'll see the back from Machu Picchu (between the hills).
And now we had to go down and cross the afforested hills in front of us.

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