Filmmaker, photographer and graphic designer Vân Nguyen having a tough time climbing Dead Woman's Pass (Warmiwañusca) on the Inca Trail (Camino Inka).
It took us four days to hike the 55 mile "Classic Inca Trail." The pass itself is located at 4,215 m (13,829 ft) above sea level, and is the highest point on this, the "Classic" trail.
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The Inca Trail
It was four days in the making. Following an ancient trail with hand-laid granite rock slates from alpine to Amazon with a group of strangers.
Ruins of a great civilization gave us places to pause and reflect or places to just stare out into the massive Andes Mountains surrounding us.
I questioned whether the hike would be worth it. I knew the end result, Machu Picchu, would be but I never imagined the hike leading there would be the highlight of my trip to Peru.
But it was. Days on the trail, every twist was different scenically. Every challenge worth it.
A blog post I wrote about my experience: http://www.meander-the-world.com/what-hiking-the-inca-trail-looks-like/