O.k. - this one is for the tough ones only, i.e. for pigs like me.
Machu Picchu's neighbor mountain is called Huayna Picchu. You can see it in the background of my Machu Picchu picture.
Of course, the Inka Trail experience is not complete without climbing up the "little mountain", the translation for its name. So I chased Carsten and his French hiking mate Marc (www.sudameritour.com) up there to get another picture of me.
It turned out that this baby is not as little as its name. The hike is quite tricky and steep but the trail is well secured. Just what you need after the Inka Trail!
From Huayna Picchu you can see the Condor shape of Machu Picchu (turn your screen upside down to see).
On the way down we were asked by all the other exhausted hikers if this mountain was worth the extra effort. Only one short answer: YES!
By the way: From Machu Picchu it is another one hour and 15 minutes to the town of Aguas Calientes, unless you chicken out and take the bus down - worst value in South America: 4.5 US$ for 20 minutes. We hiked - and enjoyed the hot springs in Aguas Calientes afterwards.