August 10, 2011
Early in the morning, our group reached the Sun Gate of Machu Picchu and watched the sun burn off the morning clouds revealing the end point of our trek. After a terrific tour of the ancient site, we were more than ready to head down to the small town of Aguas Calientes for much needed showers, delicious food, and a comfortable sleep in BEDS.
On Sunday we returned to Machu Picchu and climbed Huayna Picchu, the monolith of granite next to the ruins. It was a tough and steep hike, but the bird’s eye perspective of Machu Picchu was awe inspiring. One more night of celebration in Cusco wrapped up the trip as we all headed our separate ways for home. More than the impressive sights and a great trek, I appreciate the group we had. I cannot imagine a more fun and genuine group to spend time with on an adventure. Even before we departed ways there was talk about a reunion trek or climb in the near future. I am already looking forward to it.