I woke up around 5 am for the trek up to the Sun Gate. I went down, had some breakfast, and away we went.
Once we got up to Machu Picchu, we were somewhat on our own. What started off as a large group of us heading up, slowly turned into a small group of us. The climb up to the Sun Gate by way of the Inca Trail was crazy. There were quite a few from the group that had started the climb that didn’t make it all the way up. It was a pretty intense climb. The views were incredible. The climb was a great workout and quite the adventure. I video taped the climb with my GoPro and I’m glad I did. When climbing the trail, you are so focused on the trail beneath your feet, you don’t really take a look around. The GoPro captured so much more than what we saw going up. You don’t realize how one wrong step can send you over the edge of a cliff until you watch the video. The climb up was definitely tough, especially towards the very top. There were two stopping points along the way to take a quick break. We all thought going down was going to be harder than going up but it wasn’t. Even with the wet and slippery conditions of the trail from the rain earlier that morning, it didn’t take too long to get back down like originally thought. There were no casualties this trip. After we got back to the hotel, we met up with the rest of the group to head to a local restaurant for lunch before catching the train back to Cusco.
On our way to Cusco, we stopped at a little village and Inca site. The view, once again, spectacular. It was the scenic route to Cusco. The day had been all about travelling. After we got to the hotel, we headed to dinner. Even though we hadn’t done much this day after the Sun Gate climb, I was still really exhausted.