5 Apr 2018 (Cusco, Peru): We had a nice little tour this morning of Sacsayhuaman, an area of interesting ruins just outside of the main town. There were alpacas on the hilltop, and Leah made a friend.
6 Apr 2018 (Inca Trail, Peru): Our day started pretty early today: alarm at 3:45am. We met up with the group, took a ~2hr bus to the trail, and got started! Apparently we hike a little faster than the guides are used to, and we’ve arrived at our lunch spot an hour early. We’re all […]
7 Apr 2018 (Inca Trail, Peru): This hike is magnificent. Much of the path looks like it was laboriously made by hand (it was), the mountains are stunning, and the clouds have a mind of their own. Today is supposed to be the hardest day of the trek. We have about 4 hours uphill (to […]
8 Apr 2018 (Inca Trail, Peru): The Inca Trail porters are ridiculous. Our group is 11 trekkers, 2 guides, and 17 porters (each company uses a different color, ours are in red). 500 people are allowed on the trail at a time, and about 300 of those are typically porters. Ours are carrying 25 kilos […]
9 Apr 2018 (Inca Trail, Peru): We got extremely lucky with our group. In the past few days of hiking, I’ve had conversations with everyone, and there’s no one I’d try to avoid. We are 4 Americans, 2 Eastern European immigrant Brits, 3 Irish, and 2 Germans. And I am one of the 5 people […]
10 Apr 2018 (Moray, Maras, Peru): On our drive from Cusco to the Sacred Valley, we stop at a couple of sites. I’m particularly intrigued by this one. The Incans built these angled terraces to create microclimates (there’s a 15 degree Celcius difference between the top and bottom) that matched regions of their empires in […]