Huchuy Qosco, The Alternative Inca Trail

Doing this trail was one of the most breathtaking experiences of my life (both figuratively and literally – You try walking uphill with the altitude change!). Seeing Machu Picchu is something I’ve wanted to do for so so long, so I wanted to make sure I got as much as I could out of it.

I’d heard a lot about the famous Inca Trail, but by the time I tried to get us in it was sold out. Luckily, there are many more other trails out there, and so the amazing Huchuy Qosco trail came to light! It’s like the younger (but cooler) sister of the Inca trail. Since it’s not so popular it doesn’t feel touristy at all. It was just me, Matt, and our guide the whole trek! Definitely beats the 20-plus groups of other treks!

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Just look at that view! It was one of the most scenic things I’ve ever seen!Machu-Picchu-Peru-6 Machu-Picchu-Peru-4 Machu-Picchu-Peru-12
I fell in love with all the llamas and alpacas. I’ve told Matt we’re getting a baby llama. He thinks I’m kidding. I’m not.Machu-Picchu-3 Machu-Picchu-Peru-5

We walked through canyons and creeks and mountains.

Passed wheat and barley plantations. Sat down for packed meals and just soaked it all in. We occasionally passed locals going about their daily lives, exchanged our ‘ola’s!’ and continued on our adventure.

We felt like we were on Lord of the Rings, running through the stunning scenery to save the precious hobbits (think this scene)(which we did sing out-loud at some point. Heh)

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A well deserved stretch, after hours of walking.Machu-Picchu-Peru-16 Machu-Picchu-Peru-15
I loved all the colours the locals wore! Black for winter never more!

It was an early start and a late finish.

For most of the time it was a smooth walk, but the ups and downs were (obviously) the biggest challenges. Especially downhill, which meant having your muscles working for hours nonstop or risk slipping (which I did. But only once!) I had to put my legs up at night, but I wouldn’t change it for anything!

Next – Arriving at Machu Picchu! I can tell you’re excited, we’ll get there, I promise!