Justine Wilkinson treks Machu Picchu pt.3

31 Jul 2019

A five million star hotel and five thousand calories burnt!

Below Justine shares her experience trekking Machu Picchu in the third instalment of her CEO blog takeover.

"The glass roof cabanas last night were basic but lovely to see the stars from your bed! Amazing number of stars to look at. The following day we were up at 5.30am ready to start the Salkantay Pass trek properly. The hike up in the morning was really, really hard - on a par with some of the Kilimanjaro treks from two years ago. That said it was definitely worth it as up the top of the first hike we saw the incredible Hamantay Blue Lagoon. It was an amazing turquoise blue and completely hidden from view at the bottom. We then continued on the Salkantay Pass which was again really, really tough with some steep passes up the mountains. We went to see another amazing turquoise lagoon fed by a glacier which was stunning and it even started snowing while we were up there. Really cold and windy despite the sun but the views were really incredible in every direction m. The top of the pass was 4,600m and we left the bitter cold trekking back down for another three hours to camp at Wayracmachay. The tents were literally in the middle of nowhere. 40,670 steps for this first day of the trek and over 5,500 calories burnt!! An amazing but tough day." 


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