One of my childhood dreams came true in March 2019 when I could finally visit Machu Picchu on the last day of our Classic Inka Trail trekking. I think it was a good decision to do it in the rainy season because it was not that overcrowded (still a lot of tourists though) as it usually is in the dry months. We were even lucky with the weather, it did not rain a lot at all.
The first day of the trek was not hard and it felt like a perfect warming up for the second day when we had to climb lots of stairs. As I had a huge backpack to carry (two sleeping bags just in case for the 3rd night when it is very cold), our tour guide, Jorge warned me that it would be uncomfortable to deal with on the second day. Well, surely it was not easy but I did it!
I totally forgot about bringing walking sticks (can be very handy, especially on slippery paths) but Jorge found me a long, massive piece of wooden stick with a good grip, which was a perfect substitute.
Misty air, breathtaking views of cloud forests and snow-capped mountains, the sounds of nature, the history of the Inka ruins: it was a wonderful journey in time as well to gain insight how Inka people lived their lives in these valleys whilst strolling on their trails. It was one of the most magical experience in my life and I can not wait to return to Peru for more trekking.
We got all the information and support we needed from ITEP and I felt super safe during this trek. Jorge is a very friendly and laid-back person who answered all our questions patiently, and he took good care of us by keeping asking if we are doing fine or we need anything. We were trekking in a comfortable pace and we could stop to take a rest and photos anytime we wanted.
Much much respect to the porters as well who were working hard for our comfort, still smiling and enjoying our company. And our wonderful chef, señor Cirillo! Even though I am a picky eater I enjoyed all those delicious and filling dishes he prepared for us. Can I have the recipe of that beautiful cake from the last night, please? 🙂
More info about the trek: http://www.inkatrail.com.pe