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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
4 Apr 2018 (Cusco, Peru): I loooooooove Peruvian rotisserie chicken. Ever since living in northern Virginia, I just can’t get enough of the stuff. So far in Cusco, this is my second quarter-bird, and here are my thoughts: (1) the chickens are large, like American-broiler large, (2) the green sauce is pretty bland and not […]