“Wonderful, fabulous” Inca Trail Deluxe Trek
MM Trekker Barbara Gessaman shares her latest trekking experience — our Inca Trail Deluxe.
The Inca Trail Deluxe trip was fabulous, as are all of the treks I have taken with Mountain Madness (six in all). This trip was my grandsons’ first trip at altitude, and they did well — the trekking bug has bitten. Our guide, Julio, was wonderful. He knew and relayed to us so much about the history of the Incas and Machu Picchu. He made our trip especially meaningful; we learned a lot. I really appreciated Julio’s knowledge of the flora and fauna, since I am interested in gardening and native plants.
Our tour of Cuzco was so fascinating. The stone buildings and their construction methods were amazing. Seeing the old cathedrals and Inca temples — WOW. And talk about deluxe, the hotels were certainly that! Julio also took us to really great restaurants where we could get an authentic taste of Peruvian food. We all tried guinea pig and alpaca, not bad — actually quite good.
Inca stonework. MM archive photo
The trek to Machu Picchu was fabulous. It rained almost every day, but why not — we were in the cloud forest. I mentioned to our group that if the sun was shining while we were trekking, we would be so hot we would wish for cloud cover. To our delight, the sun did come out when we got to Machu Picchu. As we trekked, the Inca history began to unfold. Seeing the irrigation system the Inca people created was unbelievable. When we arrived at Machu Picchu, we were all in awe of the stunning ruins. Julio gave us a wonderful narration of what we were seeing.
Machu Picchu from the gate. MM archive photo
Our lunches along the trail were delicious and gave us a nice respite. All of our trail meals were delicious, thanks to our very talented cooks. They even made a birthday cake for one of our group! The porters were so kind and helpful. After carrying all of the gear up and down the trail, they always had a smile and cheered us as we arrived at our camp site each day.
Inca Trail porters. MM archive photo
Finally, let me say that our stay at the Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel was exquisite. The grounds of the hotel were lovely and very relaxing. We took heavenly showers, and all made appointments to have a massage. The hot water bottles placed in our beds while we were eating our dinner was a welcomed surprise. The train ride back to Cusco was so relaxing; we were able to look out at the scenery, and yes, take little naps.
Inca Trail Deluxe group with trail switchbacks in the distance. Barbara Gessaman (right) photo
Thank you Mountain Madness for putting together such a wonderful, fabulous trek. You never disappoint.