Started by catching train at Ollyantaytamboand leaving at KM104 point: Sarah continuing tithe Machu Picchu station.
To take the trail you must book at least six months
in advance and either employ a guide or join a tour group. My guide Alberto and I set off at 8.30 am. The first three hours were the toughest as we laboured up the mountainside, tackling the steep Inca steps and keeping away from the precipice. The pathways
often extremely narrow. Walkers were mostly young people from across the globe. At one point I was given a round of applause by a group of young Spaniards: making me feel my age. Sadly, quite a number of people gave up and returned to the start point.
Looking across the mountainside, I began to doubt my ability to reach the finishing line. However, at long las I reached the Long line of steps at the summit of one of the mountains. This was the Sun Gate. Originally, an Inca outpost guarding the pathway
down to Machu Pichu. Walking through it I got my first breathtaking view of the die. Proceeding downwards I could hardly believe that Ihad completed the Inca Trail.