Inca2016

2016 Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu
Organized by travel agents extraordinare Lorraine and Tod Whittemore - www.planurescape.com
Itinerary1 161104 1131 56  Parade outside our hotel 161104 1131 10  Lorraine and Pamela checking out the parade 161104 1931 55  Dinner at the Inca Grill restaurant
161104 2020 18  (Made to order) chocolate mousse dessert 161105 0727 03  Renee and Denise having breakfast at the hotel 161105 0728 35  View from the hotel breakfast window 161105 0740 45  Colegio La Merced
161105 0807 52  Plaza De Armas, the main square in Cusco 161105 0807 56  Plaza De Armas, the main square in Cusco 161105 0809 20  A side street off the main square 161105 0920 26  Tour of Inca ruins above Cusco - "sexywoman"
161105 0932 31 161105 0927 52  How did they move and fit those huge rocks? 161105 0950 39  The zig-zag nature of the walls protected them from falling down during  earthquakes 161105 0947 15
161105 0929 57 161105 0952 10  Image of a llama in the stones 161105 1021 06 161105 1007 16  Pukapukara - possible lookout overlooking the Cusco valley, or a royal hunting lodge
161105 1009 32  Pukapukara - overlooking the valley 161105 1010 23  Pukapukara 161105 1006 26 161105 1044 55  Ruins at Qenqo - area may have been used for animal sacrifice or for royal  mummification
161105 1046 24  Exiting the Qenqo with Cusco in the distance below 161105 1150 48  Qorikancha Inca Temple to the Sun God Inti - now the Church of Santo Domingo, this Inca King's room was preserved 161105 1216 58  The dark grey wall on top is from the Incas - all others below it are pre-Incan 161105 1217 44  Our group outside the Incan Temple wall
Itinerary2b Cusco Oly  Route of bus ride from Cusco to town of Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley 161106 0757 17  Ollantaytambo map day1  Van ride from Ollantaytambo to end of road at rail marker Km 82, where we start out hike along the river
161106 0939 27  Getting packed up to begin hiking 161106 0941 50  Denise and our guide Reuben 161106 0948 16  Off we go, heading to the trail along the Urubamba River in the Sacred Valley 161106 1017 57  Lyn catching some shade along the trail
161106 1025 26  Catching some shade in a ruin along the trail 161106 1046 57 161106 1110 53  Jon in ruins (so to speak...) 161106 1221 37  A later break on carved stone steps by another ruin
161106 1357 37  Lunch stop above the river, before the checkpoint and crossing bridge 161106 1357 16  Porters packing up the meal tent after lunch 161106 1421 33  Checking our passsports and permits at our first checkpoint along the trail 161106 1419 22  Crossing the river after the checkpoint
161106 1505 46  First night camp outside the ruins at Llaqtapata 161107 0537 54  First night's camp outside the ruins at Llaqtapata 161107 0629 09  Breakfast the next morning 161107 0650 57  Support crew and hiker introductions
161107 0654 17  Group photo with Llaqtapata in the background Trail profile  Trail elevation profile (in meters) map day2  Second day hike up river valleys to camp at Llulluchapampa 161107 0740 44  Ruins at Llaqtapata
161107 0744 22  Ruins at Llaqtapata 161107 0744 09  Llamas wandering around Llaqtapata 161107 0744 50  Llama wandering into Llaqtapata 161107 0745 29  ...and following his buddies into the tower
161107 0756 34  Hiking by Llaqtapata towards the Kusichaca river valley 161107 0814 40  Ruins at Llaqtapata 161107 0824 16  Ruins at Llaqtapata 161107 0823 48  At head of the Kusichaca valley overlooing ruins at Llaqtapata
161107 0823 56  Heading up the Kusichaca River valley 161107 0844 37  Another quick break to enjoy the view 161107 0845 50  Sign along the trail - SERNANP is an acronym for National Service of Natural Protected Areas of Peru 161107 0846 05  Lyn on the trail
161107 1009 30  Approaching the village of Wayllabamba 161107 1053 11  Where we bought water and Gatorade, and took a break 161107 1053 17  Taking a break at Wayllabamba 161107 1126 49  Checkpoint above Wayllabamba
161107 1126 35  "Historical Sanctuary of MachuPicchu" - National Service of Natural Protected Areas (Peru) 161107 1126 22  Another Inca Trail profile sign (we're travelling left to right on this one) 161107 1127 47  Flowers along the trail 161107 1128 02  Flowers along the trail
161107 1128 18  Flowers along the trail 161107 1402 02  The trail gaining elevation and becoming steeper as it heads up the valley towards Dead Woman Pass 161107 1426 51  Becoming rocky steps in the cloud forest 161107 1427 05  Tod and Lorraine in the cloud forest
161107 1430 15  In the cloud forest 161107 1438 49  In the cloud forest 161107 1503 46 161107 1514 47  In the cloud forest
161107 1631 19  Campsite at Llulluchapampa - elev. 12,589 ft. 161107 1632 30  Campsite at Llulluchapampa map day3  Map of day 3 hike 161108 0604 52  Early morning start to climb the final 800 ft. over Dead Woman Pass
161108 0605 04  Climbing up to Dead Woman Pass 161108 0639 55  Climbing up to Dead Woman Pass 161108 0647 30  Looking back towards our campsite at Llulluchapampa (it's just around the corner - you can't see it) 161108 0648 01  Climbing up to Dead Woman Pass
161108 0745 26  The footway to Dead Woman Pass 161108 0804 02  Dead Woman Pass (13,776 ft.) 161108 0805 18  Dead Woman Pass (13,776 ft.) 161108 0811 37  Dead Woman Pass (13,776 ft.)
161108 0815 38  Climbing down from Dead Woman Pass to a break at Paq'aymayo in the valley 161108 0815 50  Climbing down from Dead Woman Pass to a break at Paq'aymayo in the valley 161108 0832 27  On the trail still way above Paq'aymayo 161108 0833 06  Above Paq'aymayo in the valley
161108 0856 53  The Inca Trail heading down towards Paq'aymayo 161108 0901 02  Found on a boulder along the trail... 161108 0908 00  More descending trail going down to Paq'aymayo 161108 1059 17  Continuing on the trail out of Paq'aymayo to the next pass at Runkurakay
161108 1116 00  Looking back at Dead Woman Pass and the trail down to Paq'aymayo and then up to here 161108 1123 25  Approaching Runkurakay ruin 161108 1131 58  Runkurakay - probably just a waystation along the trail 161108 1146 09  Runkurakay - probably just a waystation along the trail
161108 1236 15  Going thru a tunnel on the descent from the 13,022 t. pass at Runkurakay 161108 1236 43  Emerging from the tunnel into the clouds 161108 1318 52  Descending through the clouds 161108 1329 47
161108 1337 45  Trail traversing the ruins at Oochamarka 161108 1451 45  Late lunch at Chaqiqocha campsite - it rained for a few minutes while we were eating in the tent and then it stopped 161108 1544 16  Continuing on the trail 161108 1616 41  In the clouds again...
161108 1620 02  Colorful mosses on the side of the trail, extracting moisture from the clouds 161109 0605 25  Campsite at Phuyupatamarka (12,033 ft.) 161109 0411 20  Sleeping tens all set up for us 161109 0524 35  The view above the clouds
161109 0509 50  Packing up after breakfast 161109 0613 06  Farewell ceremony with crew - we won't see them again after lunch today 161109 0613 32  Farewell ceremony with crew, including passing out gratuities 161109 0629 30  Final group photo
161109 0632 27  Jon & Lyn purchasing a hand woven table runner made by his wife map day4  Day 4 route to Machu Picchu 161109 0640 31  Big descent to the ruins at Phuyupatamarka 161109 0642 23  The ruins at Phuyupatamarka ("city in the clouds")
161109 0646 00  More careful descending 161109 0647 22  The ruins at Phuyupatamarka 161109 0649 14  The ruins at Phuyupatamarka 161109 0648 46  Water & irrigation control at Phuyupatamarka
161109 0651 26  Ceremonial baths at Phuyupatamarka 161109 0652 44  Ruinsl at Phuyupatamarka 161109 0653 57 161109 0655 28
161109 0703 00  Steps on the wall for climbing up the terraces 161109 0657 06  Ruins at Phuyupatamarka 161109 0656 44  Ruins at Phuyupatamarka 161109 0706 56  More ruins at Phuyupatamarka
161109 0707 20  Jon and the ruins at Phuyupatamarka 161109 0707 31  Hiking thru the ruins at Phuyupatamarka 161109 0710 47  Descending thru the ruins at Phuyupatamarka 161109 0719 49  Inca Trail through more cloud forest
161109 0800 53  MachuPicchu mountain - the ruins are not visible from here... 161109 0801 02  More slow descending 161109 0833 40  Getting passed by a porter from another crew 161109 0842 10  Another tunnel
161109 0842 34  Another tunnel 161109 1048 15  Lunch on a terrace near the Winaywayna ruins 161109 1048 37  Lunch (Lomo Saltado) on a terrace near the Winaywayna ruins 161109 1159 23
161109 1157 30  Lichen 161109 1225 22 161109 1249 27  Approaching Intipunku (the Sun Gate) 161109 1254 24  Incredibly steep stairs - hand-over-hand climbing
161109 1312 04  Final climp up to the Sun Gate 161109 1322 29  From the Sun Gate with Machu Picchu in the background 161109 1323 59  At the Sun Gate 161109 1325 08  Overlooking Machu Picchu
161109 1331 26  Descending to Machu Picchu from the Sun Gate 161109 1340 30  Machu Picchu 161109 1351 30  At Machu Picchu 161109 1439 01  At Machu Picchu
161109 1549 29  Room at the Casa del Sol in Aquas Calientes 161109 1747 11  Celebration dinner at the Casa Del Sol in Aguas Calientes 161109 1747 27  Celebration dinner at the Casa Del Sol in Aguas Calientes 161110 0619 38  Exploring Machu Picchu
161110 0620 37  Exploring Machu Picchu 161110 0652 49  Exploring Machu Picchu 161110 0654 51  Exploring Machu Picchu 161110 0656 47  Torreon - the Temple of the Sun
161110 0659 41  The Temple of the Sun 161110 0706 38  Exploring Machu Picchu 161110 0707 07  Example of Inca stone wall expertise 161110 0708 09  Exploring Machu Picchu
161110 0709 19  Exploring Machu Picchu 161110 0710 50  Possible stone quarry 161110 0736 27  The Prindipal Temple 161110 0741 30  The Inti Watana "Hitching Post of the Sun" astronomic clock - a sundial used for the soltices
161110 0742 15  Exploring Machu Picchu 161110 0743 12  Exploring Machu Picchu 161110 0744 12  Exploring Machu Picchu 161110 0744 18  Exploring Machu Picchu
161110 0753 34  Sacred rock echoing the shape of the sacred mountains behind it 161110 0758 20  Exploring Machu Picchu 161110 0758 40  Exploring Machu Picchu 161110 0803 24  Exploring Machu Picchu
161110 0816 41  Water mirrors for observing the sun... 161110 0817 12  For observing the sun... 161110 0823 37  The Temple of the Condor 161110 1005 33  Llamas
161110 1006 08  Llamas 161110 1007 58  Llamas 161110 1008 55  Llamas 161110 1009 43  Exploring Machu Picchu
161110 1014 23 161110 1116 53  By the trail to the Inca Bridge 161110 1115 11  Jon napping by the trail 161110 1121 47  A llama that won't take no for an answer...
161110 1220 26  Pamela in Aguas Calientes 161110 1432 48  Denise aboard the PeruRail Vista train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo 161110 1433 03  Saint and Kelly on the Vista train 161110 1433 06  Tod and Lorriane on the Vista train
161110 1433 30  Denise and Pamela 161110 1433 43  Jon and Lyn 161110 1438 28  Reme and Pamela 161110 1525 37  Performing a dance while waiting for the track to clear
161111 1039 56  Lorraine and Tod at the San Pedro market in Cusco 161111 1039 26  At the San Pedro market in Cusco 161111 1040 41  At the San Pedro market in Cusco 161111 1042 59  At the San Pedro market in Cusco
161111 1044 52  At the San Pedro market in Cusco 161111 1045 13  At the San Pedro market in Cusco 161111 1046 05  At the San Pedro market in Cusco 161111 1052 24  At the San Pedro market in Cusco
161111 1211 58  Outside the Inca Museum 161111 1157 57  Plaza De Armas, Cusco 161111 1202 31  Plaza De Armas, Cusco 161111 1202 44  Plaza De Armas, Cusco