One foot in front of the other. That’s how you get anywhere in life, although slowly. There really should be a faster way to make it through life. Maybe if we had some sort of wheeled shoe system that it was socially acceptable for adults to wear. Or if we beat the system by tying our feet together and jumping everywhere. That wouldn’t really work though. What about segways! feet off the ground completely, that would do it. But why is everyone so obsessed with feet. Maybe we can stop looking at our feet and view our surroundings. Then it would be one beautiful location after another, one interaction after another, one moment after another.
Anyway at high altitude the one foot technique is just fine thank you very much, it’s also the technique we used to get to the top (5107 m) of the montaña de colores, also named rainbow mountain.
We don’t know how people get those perfect Instagram photos. If you come here expect to share it with others.
We did remember to check the views as well. Here are some more photos.
We payed 60 PEN each for transport, which forgot us for 3 hours. Because of this we had our own private driver.
Breakfast bread and jam was included, as was a very good, very satisfying buffet lunch.
Potato hunting isn’t always the most fruitful activity that one can undertake in their lifetime. Perhaps thats what the local people of the Cusco region in 1911 thought in pity to themselves before directing Hiram Bingham to the mountain tops of the region to find Machu Picchu, now 1 of 7 of the new wonders of the world. Of course this makes the local and unnamed people of the region the real discovers of Machu Picchu. We could feel bad about this, but let a potato hunter have a little win every once in a while. Also Peru has 3000 of the worlds 5000 potato’s, which Bingham would know if he wasn’t so busy with ruins.
There are several ways to get there. You can be incredibly organised and book several months to a year, in advance to secure a spot on the original Inka trail. However, plenty of other options exist and can be booked at short notice. We chose the Inka jungle trail. Why? Because we got to ride bikes, water raft, go on 5 of the longest ziplines we have ever seen AND if we say it fast enough people will think we did the original Inka trail.
No matter what tour you take, you will probably end up in Aguas Calientes, Pueblo. A beautiful little base town full of hostels, restaurants, cafe’s, some bars and clubs as well as amazing local art. We didn’t know anything about it before we left so didn’t organise extra time there. So here we are letting you all know to book yourselves in for 2 nights in this town. We are still considering catching the train back just to spend more time there.
Machu Picchu itself is better than pictures and poorly edited videos (Coming soon) can make it look. Get there early enough and you can avoid 2500 other people that will arrive around 10 a.m. A guide is also a good idea, learning about who the Inka really were is a nice touch (Just a word for government or king). The name of the actual people was quechua who never really disappeared but just moved so the sneaky spaniards wouldn’t find Machu and destroy it.
We paid $140 US for 4 days & 3 nights. We slept in hostels all nights which was included, so was breakfast, lunch & dinner. Make sure you book this trek in Cusco as you get a better price and they leave pretty much every day!
Tomorrow at 3.30 am we are off to Rainbow mountain… More hiking yay!
Kids at school used to tell me that hot air rises. I wish I could find those little bastards and put them 3700 m into the sky next to a beautiful mountain top lake where the air is thin and cold to find me the hot air.
That’s my only qualm with lagoon 69 and one of many from primary school.
The hike itself is amazing. The scenery almost gives you vertigo as you stare up at the towering mountain sides.
But you don’t just get to stare at them. You walk through and up them. And up them. And up them some more, until breathing is your first and only conscious thought. The reward? Endorphins flooding your body and views like this…
After going from too hot to too cold and changing outfits 17 times we made it to the lagoon which is just as impressive as it seems. If you’re a real adventurer you can pitch a tent and spend the night. Or continue climbing to greater heights for even better views.
We couldn’t tell if we preferred the snow capped mountain tops literally within arms reach or the valley landscapes below… Both were incredible. Colombia partying definitely made sure that we wouldn’t like the actual climbing. But we would do the entire thing again in a heartbeat.
There are only a few things in the world we would recommend you don’t do. Most things offer, at the very least a lesson or experience. I can’t say the same for going from an 9 hour bus ride straight into a high altitude hike (4700 meters above sea level) to a glacier that lies at the end of a valley that has won an ‘award’ for being windy. First of all who is giving out Guinness awards for wind? We need warnings not awards. Secondly the walk is only 45 minutes after a 2 hour bus ride (from Huaraz) so it’s not so bad.
The altitude is a real struggle and the wind doesn’t help, so take really warm clothes. Everyone here wears puffer jackets and proper hiking shoes. We have a pair of Nike’s with a hole in them and jumpers we bought for Australian winter. So not exactly prepared for glacier weather.
But it’s worth it for the impressiveness of the Pastoruri Glacier. Which is impressive because it is big and it is white and it is frozen. But not for ever, so make sure you visit it when you come to Peru (which you will soon because Peru is amazing).
We paid 35 Soles pp for the tour & 35 Soles pp to get into the national park. Reasonable I’d say. You can book this tour at every hostel and every tour place in town.
This post took us 2 hours & 10 Pisco sours to create. Thank you Huaraz for your great Pisco sours and your not so great internet.