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May 18, 2014 - Days 269 to 275 - Cusco & Machu Picchu (Peru)

I boarded the night bus from Arequipa to to Cusco at 8.30pm on Sunday 11th May and it pulled into Cusco at 7.30am the next day. This time I had already arranged my accommodation as I was meeting up with a friend from my Santiago days, Nanda. We met at the hostel and were joined by two of her other friends, Andrea and Juan. I was not feeling too well, what with the traveller’s trots from the Colca tour, so headed to bed at 8.00pm. However, I was awakened and persuaded to pop out with the others “for a quick bite to eat”…we got back to the...

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Mar 4, 2014 - Machu Picchu Death Wish

Since our hotel was located at the train station,we only had a 2 minute walk to catch our train. Beautiful scenery on the ride to Agua Caliente. Checked our bags at the hotel and met our guide at the bus station for the 20 minute ride up to Machu Picchu. The ride was an experience itself. A narrow road barely allowing room for a bus going in the opposite direction to get passed, hairpin turns as you wind your way up the road. No type of barriers or guard rails, if the bus goes off the road, you're a goner as you fall 1000s of feet down! Our...

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The 7th Continent

Dec 16, 2013 - I survived the Inca Trail. Again.

You know, some people just aren’t very bright. You know, like the ones who sign up to do a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ challenge for a second time. Yup. ‘tis me. But, I did survive it. This time I was amazed at how little the altitude affected me. What a difference living here at high altitude for the last 8 months made. Last time, on day 1, I thought I was going to collapse and die on the first small ascent. This time around, Alex and I headed the group. On Day 1, I was at the front of the group for most of the day. It’s not something I could...

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Oct 25, 2013 - Inka Jungle Trek

Min firedages tur til Machu Picchu er det smukkeste og mest spektakulære jeg nogensinde har gjort. Vi havde booket en tur der hedder Inka Jungle Trek, hvilket er den ungdommelige eventyrtur til Machu Picchu hvor der er mulighed for forskellige former for ekstremsport. Jeg rejste med Mary Kate og Ashton fra mit arbejde, de er to af mine bedste venner her i Cusco, og med Ellen som er Mary Kates veninde fra hendes hus. Vi blev sat sammen med 11 andre turister og to guides, og tilsammen udgjorde vi en helt fantastisk gruppe. Det var et virkelig...

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Oct 9, 2013 - Machu Picchu Day 2

Our hotel, Sanctuary Lodge, was based at the entrance to Machu Picchu, so not much distance to join the queues for the 6am opening. We had planned to watch the sunrise, from a great vantage point recommended by our guide, however sunrise had occurred 30 minutes prior to the opening, with a spectacular change of colour that we were able to observe from our room. The bonus of the early entry was that we were able to move around without the multitudes (ie 2,200 people per day maximum). Having said that, there were at least 6 bus loads of...

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Oct 8, 2013 - Machu Picchu

Today fulfils our dreams - our destination Machu Picchu, the fabled city of the Incas, 2430 metres above sea level. Our adventure commenced at Ollantayambo where we boarded the Vistadome train to Aguas Calientes. The railway follows a magnificent gorge and the fast flowing Vilcanota River, passing many Incan terraces, and the start of the Inca trail. The vegetation changes along the way and the climate becomes more tropical. We then boarded a bus which took us up a steep but impressive scenic road culminating in a peek view of the Incan...

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Aug 16, 2013 - The BIG DAY!

We were line at 5:15 a.m. to catch one of the first busses to take us to Machu Picchu. It was kind of misting and we were concerned that we might not have a clear day. When we first arrived it was really foggy, but thankfully once the fog burned off it was a beautiful day. After exploring the ruins we headed up to the Sun Gate. This was the entrance to Machu Picchu from the Inca Trail. The ruins are AMAZING. Everyone should put this on their "Bucket List". Thanks for being a part of our trip.

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Aug 1, 2013 - Camino Del Inca

Here it is... the part of the trip I have been a nervous wreck about yet overly excited about since I booked it waaaay back in March! The Inca Trail. Everyone that I have talked to that has done the 4 day trek has told me the same thing - IT'S HARD, but totally worth it. And they were right. I knew I would be able to do the trek physically. Yes, I was worried about my knee(s) and ripping my feet apart again, but I also knew that a lot of what I needed to overcome was mental. I had myself worried, specifically about Day 2 since I started...

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Jun 21, 2013 - Machu Picchu

Ayer mis amigos y yo escalamos las montañas y llegamos en Machu Picchu, una cuidad de los incas. Exploré en los edificios y los templos. Estudié las ruinas y las estatuas de los dioses Viracocha, Inti, y Pachamama. Tengamos un siento de sobrecogimiento. Había muchas escalaras para caminar y estuvimos cansados. Cuando la noche vino, nosotros fuimos al campamento. Cenamos una comida gigante. Yo dormí bien.

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Mi viaje de Perú

May 28, 2013 - Machu Picchu and Its Magic

We were met by our guide Osvaldo Palomino at 7:30 this morning for a full day at the ruins. First there was the 17 km. bus ride to the Machu Picchu site. Ozvaldo is very knowledgeable and pointed out every significant area of the ruins for us. The numbers of steps up and down the ruins did us in by 12:30. There is little I can write that would describe the magic of Machu Picchu which was discovered by Yale professor Hiram Bingham in 1911 when he was exploring Peru looking for the mysterious place called Vilcabamba. The rest is history and...

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2013 In Ecuador

May 27, 2013 - Peru Rail to Aguascalientes

We are off to Aguascalientes by train for a full day tour of Machu Picchu tomorrow morning. Machu Picchu is 72 miles northwest of Cusco. We were picked up at our Cusco hotel and driven to the village of Ollantaytambo and the PeruRail train station for the trip to Aguascalientes "Machu Picchu town" which took under two hours. The tracks followed the Urubamba River and passed various ruins and archaeological sites. We could see the Inca Trail on our left. This is the route many trekkers take to experience the route the explorer from Yale,...

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2013 In Ecuador

May 18, 2013 - the popular pinnacle of peru

Waheyy! Finally I get my hyuana Picchu/machu Picchu pics uploaded I cani believe it! Kicked off gettin the bus up at half 5 in the morning....ooft. we went up hyuana picchu, which is the mountain you can see in the background of every famous pic of machu picchu first. access to it is dead restricted...only 2 groups of 200 allowed up per day, to preserve the 'pathways' i guess, and we were in the first group through the gate at 7am. so the climb was hard goin, no shit, i have no muscle tone left after the last few months of inertia, but my...

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