Machu Picchu in Pictures

We decided that in addition to a day-by-day description, we would post most of our photos and let them tell the story. It was a breathtaking experience (in the sense of altitude, exercise, and views) that we will never forget.

Leah with our reliable guides, Edgar and Jorge

We deserved a view this spectacular after the grueling trek up Dead Woman's Pass

Lex taking some time to enjoy the surrounding views

Gill pointing out the path taken to reach this point on the third day

Leah stopping for a break and a photo-op

Gillian enjoying the vistas in between bouts of food-related sickness

Posing in front of an Inca experimental farm

Beginning at 3:45am, we hiked the 6km to reach Machu Picchu for sunrise

Edgard was the perfect guide: Friendly, knowledgeable, and passionate

Approaching Machu Picchu through the clouds, we spotted some llamas

Edgard, in front of Machu Picchu, describing what we should be seeing

The clearing clouds revealed a spectacular sight

Machu Picchu revealing itself to Mom and Pop

Exhausted by excited, we finally made it to Machu Picchu

Leah showing some Canadian pride

Gillian taking in Machu Picchu, a sight well worth the challenging journey

The Sun Temple in Machu Picchu

Mom and Pop goofing around at Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu feels almost like a religious experience

Saying goodbye to our hiking team, which included four other Canadians

Lex is all smiles for our post-hike treat, ice cream