FC: Machu Picchu 2011
1: Salkantay Trek Day One 21.2 Km Altitude: 3360-4050m
2: A view down the valley to the base camp.
3: Reaching base camp at the end of day one. We camped at the base of Salkantay mountain. Temperatures dropped to below zero and the wind howled all night!!
4: Day Two 20.8 Km Altitude: 4050-4650m to 2860m | Leaving base camp at 5am was a chilly start to the day but the Lord of the Rings scenery was epic!
5: The twelve switchbacks to the top of the peak. It is steeper than it looks!
6: Correction: 4400 meters! | Our only view of Salkantay mountain before the fog rolled in. | Reaching the summit! 4650 meters!!!
7: Day Three 13.8 Km Altitude: 2860-1972m We had a wake up call scheduled for 6am, but the roosters crowed at 3am! No coca tea this morning since we were no longer above 3000 meters
9: Day three started with a hike through the jungle and ended at natural hot springs!
10: Day Four 14.3 Km Altitude: 1972-1680m A view of Machu Picchu from the valley floor!
12: Day Five Machu Picchu!!! | Everything at the site is made of granite!
14: Reaching the peak of Cerro Machu Picchu! The mountain towers 600 meters over the Inca ruins at an altitude of 3050m. | Crossing the footbridge to the flag was a feat in itself!
18: Machu Picchu was built in the mid 1400's in approximately 90 years. No mortar was used to create their buildings! When the Spanish invaded Peru the people fled, leaving the city uninhabited for over 500 years. It remained a secret with the Peruvian people until Hiram Bingham discovered it in 1911.