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  • Gemma Fottles

Trekking to Machu Picchu – A photo journey

Updated: May 18, 2021

Trekking to Macchu Picchu last year was one of the hardest things I ever did. I was severely underprepared for the four-day trek across the unforgiving landscapes of the Andes, and each step felt as gruelling as the last. Between the grunts and groans, however, there was still time to sit back and appreciate the vast wilderness of the Peruvian mountains and the people who still call these lands home.

Welcome to a journey through the Andes en route to Macchu Picchu.


Trek to Macchu Picchu with Alpaca Expeditions

I booked my trek to Macchu Picchu with the Peruvian-based company Alpaca Expeditions. specialised in sustainable tours in Peru and South America, the team at Alpaca provided everything needed for a safe and rewarding adventure in South America. With four of us in our travel team, we decided to do the four-day, three-night Inca Trail to Peru. Costing around 700 USD each, we were provided with a fantastic Quechuan guide, all meals and sherpa service.

A big shout out to the sherpas on this trip. They ran ahead with all of our packs and gear, and by the time the group arrived at the campsite, everything was ready. The food was incredible: peach-flavoured chicken ceviche, plenty of delicious potatoes, gorgeous cakes baked in the fire... It made me feel a little bit like I wasn't quite doing the whole outdoor wilderness trekking thing quite right, but my god it was welcome after a full day of hiking up steep mountainsides.

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