Days 5 and 6: Machu Picchu, one of the seven wonders of the world
Day 5, on the road to Machu Picchu! An ancient Inca city that is well worth visiting: we walked 10km along the "Peru Rails", a train that can take you directly to the site. In the evening we arrived in Agua Calientes, the closest village to Machu Picchu and the starting point for accessing the site (by bus or on foot), where we spent a great evening surrounded by Peruvian songs (like "Guantanamera").
The next day, day 6 of the trip, we start at 4:30 am to climb the first 2000 steps, which took us to the site of Machu Picchu, an amazing archaeological site and natural reserve! Let's not forget that we are on a sporting trip, the visit will be done in the afternoon, we leave as quickly for 2000 additional steps in direction of the Montagna Picchu at 3000m of altitude, which allowed us to observe Machu Picchu from above. The climb is very rough, the stones are uneven, the difference in altitude is quite significant and my legs started to feel heavy following the previous days of walking. Fortunately, the group spirit is there to encourage and motivate each other, and always to make each other laugh and tell stories. The difficulty is quickly forgotten when you reach the top, the view is incredible over the mountain range and Machu Picchu. In the afternoon, we toured and learn about the history of the ruins, very interesting, Machu Picchu or "old mountain" in the Quechua language, is largely worth the detour!