Peru travel March 10 2015-4

Altitude and courtesy

First, let me tell you about the altitude. It is no joke. I walked off the plane, down the steps and could feel the lack of oxygen. There is no way to train or prepare for what you are about to encounter. Your best asset is attitude and appreciation. Your attitude will carry you to the top. Your appreciation for ... Continue Reading

Machu Picchu travel March 10 2015

A walk through the clouds

Just completed a 4 day trek in 3 days. I am not an outdoorsy person but I can say, with the help of Carlos, Ronnie and my friends I made it through. It was a physical and mental challenge, not for the faint of heart.
The scenery was breathtaking, Peru is a beautiful country. If you are debating a ... Continue Reading

Machu Picchu travel March 10 2015-2

We made it !

I planned a group tour of fifteen to Machu Picchu for a spring break trip. The two ladies who assisted me with the reservation were great with corresponding promptly and helping me with all of our requests. In addition, the two guides we had, Carlos and Ronnie were fantastic, and the porters were also fantastic. The food was nutritious and ... Continue Reading

Peru vacation March 10 2015-2

Pacha Mama odyssey

Before starting the hike I wasn't sure what to expect as far as difficulty and how it would effect me. During the hike I was able to really break a spiritual as well physical barrier. I could not have asked for better guides that were very knowledgeable of the location and history of the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu.
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Peru vacation March 10 2015-13

Cusquena buena

The hike was a good time. I had to carry some bags for some of the other members of the group, but I was able to tough it out. I do physical labor for work everyday, because I love it. While hiking is not my ideal form of physical activity, I had a great time on the hike.
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Machu Picchu vacation March 10 2015-7

Slowly but surely

Machu Picchu was amazing. The hike was very tough but still beautiful. I highly suggest if anyone wants to do this hike, they need to be in tip top shape. I was always the last to finish, but when Ronnie was in the back, he stayed with me and even carried my pack. Carlos kinda skipped ahead and made Ronnie ... Continue Reading

Peru vacation March 10 2015-12

Inca amazingness

Let me start off by saying that, I do not hike. But, I wanted to go outside of my comfort zone and do something I usually wouldn't do. Needless to say, I really enjoyed my time on the Inca Trail. The first day was the hardest for me because I was not ready for the altitude. Even though, we were ... Continue Reading

Machu Picchu trip March 10 2015-3

Inca adventure

Despite the confusion with our initial travel plans, Inca Trail Reservations was amazing. Our guide, Carlos was helpful, encouraging and informational. Ronnie was a source of relief, humor and willing to help anyone at the drop of a hat. Our porters exceeded my expectations. They were incredibly fast and very friendly. Our cook was phenomenal. The food was better than ... Continue Reading

Peru vacation March 10 2015-6

Hot, dirt, tired, accomplished !

I went into this trip not knowing what to expect from the trail. I can safely say that this adventure was physically challenging, exhausting, dirty, mentally trying, and totally amazing. I pushed myself to climb stairs for 5 straight hours, and walk down steep stairs cloaked in clouds, and had a great time doing it.
My only issues were ... Continue Reading

Machu Picchu travel March 10 2015-4

Eloychambo

This has been a great experience. I have never experienced anything like this adventure. It challenged me physically and mentally however I overcame it. I am really proud of the group and myself for taking on this challenge. While our peers were on some beach during spring break we were hiking treacherous paths. We completed a four day hike on ... Continue Reading

Peru trip March 10 2015-7

Queen of the mountain

I am overall pleased with my experience hiking Machu Picchu ! Carlos was an excellent tour guide. He started off the tour by introducing himself and Ronny and making sure we all understood as a group that we are a family. They made sure to encourage us throughout the trail and always gave high-fives !
Carlos educated the group ... Continue Reading

Machu Picchu vacation March 10 2015-2

Seahawks epic adventure

The entire trek was a fantastic experience that was life changing. The beginning of the experience was difficult involving lack of communication between the owner and our professor. The owner needs to work on communication and letting people know about changes in advance as well as better communication about tipping porters.
Once on the experience however, it was absolutely ... Continue Reading

Machu Picchu vacation March 10 2015-1

I could do it !

Carlos and Ronnie were great guides. We could not do it without them. The food was spectacular. The hike was difficult, especially downhill. I don't know what I will tell Pachacutec in the next life. I am so happy no one had any injuries on the trip !
We actually hiked the trip in three days. We must be ... Continue Reading

Machu Picchu vacation March 10 2015

King Patcha-Mama of the mountain

Overall, I had a great experience hiking the Inca Trail. The hike was tough, but I felt that I did my best and enjoyed it every step of the way. This was my first time in Peru and it was such a great experience. I like how friendly everyone has been here.
King of the Mountain (Carlos) was a ... Continue Reading

Peru vacation March 10 2015-9

Accidental trip

The hike to Machu Picchu was difficult, but I could not be happier that I finished the hike. We ended up doing the hike in three days instead of four due to conditions at the camp site, which made the accomplishment even more great. I thought that I would be huffing and puffing the entire way, but I ended up ... Continue Reading