We survived the Inca Trail and reached Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas.
We were woken at 3am to start trekking at 4am so we could reach the Sun Gate for Sunrise. During the summer and winter solstices light shines through the sun gate on to the sun temple in Machu Picchu.
The guides did a really good job to get us up so early as we were the first group in the queue to start the final length of the trail. This was the slightly odd thing on the final day of the trail you have to start by going through a checkpoint that does not open until about 5am. To make sure you get to the sungate with uninterrupted views you need to make sure you get in line early.
However on the day we reached the sun gate there was thick, thick fog!
Imagine, for the last 10 years I have been waiting to see the spectacular picture postcard view and we arrive to FOG, I almost cried. However it did not take long to clear and once we reached Machu Picchu the sun was out.
The best thing about trekking the Inca Trail is the couple of solitary hours the trekkers get to spend at Machu Picchu before the trains and buses of tourists arrive at 10am. It is a real good time to explore and get some photos before too many people clog the view.