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Apr 6, 2009 - Peru - inka trail and Machu Picchu

We decided to trek around the Sacred Valley, but we decided to take an alternative trail to the traditional Inca Trail. This turned out to be a very wise decision! Instead of the traditional Inca Trail, we took a 3 day trek along another inca trail that snakes around Mount Wayanay. What we didn´t fully realize was that we were doing a longer walk, in less time and climbing to a much higher altitude!! The trek consisted of Paul, me, David (an american guy) and our guide, Flor. We also had a cook, 2 other helpers, a few horses and 3...

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Mar 18, 2009 - Machu Pichu!

Beaucoup de voyageurs qui vont a Cusco c’est pour visiter le Machu Pichu, c’est notre cas. Il y a deux moyens de s’y rendre : la classique par le train qui coute 60 US dollars ou une route alternative, plus longue mais bien moins cher. Nous choisissons évidement la deuxième solution. Nous commençons notre périple tot le matin, en compagnie de Wanja, un alemand rencontré a Uyuni. Ce sont deux changement de bus locaux puis une marche qui nous prendra 3h en suivant les voies du train. Plusieurs voyageurs alternatifs comme nous se retrouvent...

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Nov 12, 2008 - Aguas Calientes & Cusco

We were a little slack today. We'd arranged a late check out for one room, because Monica wanted to do the orchid tour of the grounds, and we all signed up for spa treatments. We had heard that hot stone massages originated with the Incas, so Monica and Holly signed up for that. I decided to try the Incan coca detox treatment. Not exactly sure how detoxed I feel, but it was very relaxing (I fell asleep twice!). Given the spa appointments & that we'd gotten up so early the day before, we couldn't get sufficiently motivated to climb to the...

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Oct 17, 2008 - Aguas Calientes

I got up and packed up my stuff and popped it all in storage for the night. I had breakfast at the cafe up the road and then was picked up at 10am to be taken to Ollantaytambo where the train to Machu Picchu leaves from. It took about an hour and a half but was a great drive. The driver was very informative about the Sacred Valley area as well which was good. We got to the station with lots of time which was good as it was chaos - a train had just arrived back from Machu Picchu so there were people, cars and buses everywhere! I got on my...

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Bridget's Trip!

Aug 25, 2008 - Day 4 - Salkantay Trek

Today was, for lack of a better word, brutal. We were told that today´s hike was optional. We could either go with the guide on the hike or go with the cooking crew on a bus. Either way we would meet in Aguas Calientes. If we decided to tak the hike, it would be two hours uphill, and two hours downhill. Then it would be a flat hike along a railroad track. I couldn´t see spending my money on a trek only to take the bus, so I decided to hike. The two slowest hikers decided on the bus, so I ended up being the slowest of the hiking group. At...

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Aug 15, 2008 - Agua Calientes

I ate cuy! Yup, guinea pig. And no, it wasn't gross. It actually tastes like chicken. (Doesn't everything?) I also had an alpaca steak, which tastes like beef, just a little chewier. Yay! Now I'm happy since I've completed my gluttonal tour of Peru. =)

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Jul 4, 2008 - Aguas Calientes, Peru

Happy 4th of July everyone!! Happy B-Day, DAD! Usually I miss Thanksgiving, but never the 4th...hope it's a safe one for all! Today, I'm not sure when I was really considered up, but it was with the roosters!! I was soo tired, but had to suck it up and head out to catch the train to Aguas Calientas which is the base city to Machu Picchu. I couldn't believe I was a day away from experiencing Machu Picchu!!! It was a comfy 1 hour train ride through the hills, along the Urubamba Valley to Agas Calientas. I was soo tired and just wanted to...

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Jun 1, 2008 - Aguas Calientes

An unheard of free morning today,which I spent reading in the hotel garden in the sun. A very lovely little gardener ran out with a huge umbrella to protect my lily white skin, so the sunburn hasn't been topped up today. After lunch, it was off to Ollantaytambo to catch yet another train to Aguas Calientes, the town beneath Machu Picchu. Again, barring two Americans, we had the train entirely to ourselves. It was also a scenic train, with a partial glass roof to optimize the views. So another fab train journey. We are only in Aguas...

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May 23, 2008 - Aguas Calientes

We were up early at 5am to catch the 4 hr train ride to Aguas Calientes city...or sometimes called Machupicchu city. This is a small town or city that almost everyone travels through when visiting Machu Picchu. It is situated right on a beautiful river surrounded by towering mountains. It also has natural hot springs, which is what Aguas Calientes means in Spanish. Very quaint...a little touristy...but very Peruvian at the same time. You can definitely tell you are a long ways from a major city. The hotel we stayed in was nice...except for...

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May 23, 2008 - Aguas Calientes

im here now in aguas calientes. its a small city with a lot of vendors and restaurants. its about 2000 m high, so i´m doing a little bit better with my altitude sickness but nonetheless im still feeling it. we are departing this city in the morning at about 530 am to go to machu picchu and then maybe back to cuzcu. i have to run, but i´m going to try and upload some pics on here tonight. talk to you soon.

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May 20, 2008 - The Inca trail

I'm going to split this into two portions - the Inca trail and Machu Picchu. I will admit, up front, that after being sick, I was not in good shape to hike the trail. I was the second slowest person on the trek, and the slowest was in her early fifties. I think I would have done better if I hadn't been sick, but we'll never know, because I don't plan on ever doing it again! I was a bit of a baby on that first day. Didn't intend to be, but I was. Said goodbye to Karen, found out we were joining 11 other hikers from GAP (most were very nice),...

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May 16, 2008 - Aguas Calientes

Agua Calientes reminded me of an old abandoned mining town. It sits at the base of the road up to Machu Picchu and exists simply for that purpose. The town is situated on the railroad line and really is comprised on only 2 major streets. Lots of markets and bars and restaurants. It´s nothing special. Very hot and during the wet season .. very humid. We had heard of this amazing trek call Putukusi .. it was in Angela´s guide book. It suggested that you should be a fit person but really didn´t elaborate anymore than that. It should have! IT...

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