Peru trip September 19 2014-4

Amazing Inca Trail

At the end of September we went on the Inca Trail with our guides and our porters. The first day was an easy one with interesting facts about Inca ruins, history and the vegetation. The trail lead us through plains and also rainforest which was a real change to the dry mountains.
The second day was the hardest but ... Continue Reading

Machu Picchu trip September 19 2014-1

Exhausting but rewarding

Hey ! I went to Machu Picchu via the Inca Trail for four days in the end of September and I have to say that I was surprised how cool it had been ! We were walking in a very nice group of people of every age from many different countries.
First day was quite easy to walk, and ... Continue Reading

Machu Picchu trip September 19 2014-3

Great experience

It was an exhausting, but fun experience. The first day started out alright, just a good way to start a trip like that, because it was not too exhausting and there were not too many uphill parts.
The second day was by far the hardest, but afterwards everyone was glad to finally get lunch and some rest from going ... Continue Reading

Machu Picchu trip September 19 2014-4

Look up or down in trepidation

As a fifty-something, with a bit of a beer belly, I was a bit anxious about fitness levels for the trip. Rightly so ! It was hard ! But it was so worth it, our guides were very knowledgeable and effective.
Yes, it was hard work, but we were looked after, we were able to take a break ... Continue Reading

Machu Picchu travel September 19 2014-1

Inca Trail

It was very challenging. On most days I pulled up the rear but got a lot of support from the guides which I greatly appreciated. While I've had the opportunity to visit Machu Picchu via train in the past I couldn't have asked for a more wonderful adventure stepping in the footsteps of the Incas.
I was definitely emotionally, ... Continue Reading

Peru trip September 19 2014-1

Mister traveler

Wonderful, challenging journey with great guides and lots of fun travel companions from many countries. Great camaraderie. More stairs than most people will walk in a lifetime. I wished I just packed less. Wasn't a mountaineering expedition, though the elevation made it feel like one.
Elevation gain on second day is similar to hiking Mt. Si near Seattle, but ... Continue Reading

Machu Picchu vacation September 19 2014-3

Inka Trail

We had a great experience from the beginning. The communication was great and Mabel was great at answering our questions and helping with suggestions. The meeting in Cusco was very informative and helpful.
Juan Carlos was great ! It is obvious he loves history and sharing his knowledge. He was great at keeping us informed and knowing what was ... Continue Reading

Peru travel September 19 2014-1

All and more

This truly was an adventure of a lifetime. We had a fantastic experience on the Inca Trail . The trek was challenging but worth every step. The sites along the way were breathtaking and the ruins were amazing.
We encountered some rain and clouds along the way. While our views were obstructed our spirits were high. Our guides Juan ... Continue Reading

Peru vacation September 18 2014-8

Sendero incaico

Ha sido una aventura dura y exigente, pero a la vez maravillosa y algo que recuerdas para toda tu vida. Merece la pena intentarlo y formar parte del grupo de personas que consigue finalizar este trek de manera exitosa.
Estoy muy agradecido a Salkantay.org por la impecable organización teniendo en cuenta la dificultad que conlleva desplazar a un grupo ... Continue Reading

Machu Picchu vacation September 18 2014-4

Anstrengend, kalt… mit einem Wort: genial!

Alles fing ganz harmlos an mit einer kurzweiligen Fahrt im Bus zum Startpunkt unserer ersten Tour. Die erste Wanderung war ebenso schön wie entspannt. Darauf jedoch folgte die kälteste Nacht meines Lebens. Der nächste Tag hat jedoch für alles entschädigt.
Alles in allem war es eine tolle tour: perfekte Organisation, tolle guides, die nicht nur viel Spass und Zusammenhalt ... Continue Reading

Peru vacation September 18 2014-1

Stupendous Salkantay

I very much enjoyed the trek with the company of our very knowledgeable guides Marco and Paul. Day one was amazing with a trip to a isolated glacial lake, although I did make the mistake of trying to race Paul down from the summit and I obviously lost and also knackered my legs for much of the trek. Day two ... Continue Reading

Peru travel September 18 2014-5

Supper: Salkantay saltado

I thoroughly enjoyed my time doing the trek with entertaining and knowledgeable guides: Paul and Marco. It was very well organised - right down to the coca leaf wake up call ! The food was delicious and made up for the very early mornings.
The trekking was hard at times but it was all worth it when we were ... Continue Reading

Machu Picchu travel September 18 2014-4

Hard walk, good views

Well I have had the most wonderful time with the Salkantay.org tour guides Paul and Marco. The first day was spent enjoying a truly beautiful trek through the mountains with a little drizzle and rain. I particularly enjoyed the explanation for using the coca leaves. Paul explained that you should take only a few leaves in both of your hands ... Continue Reading

Machu Picchu trip September 18 2014-3

Freezing first night followed by an amazing trip

Mules, amazing views and some cold nights - if I had just three words to describe our trek those would be my first choice. But of course there was much more to it: cheery guides Paul and Marco waking us up with a fun "waky waky" and a hot coca tea made the start to the day, although mighty early, ... Continue Reading

Machu Picchu trip September 18 2014

You little Ronnie Coote… You little beauty !

Bloody outstanding. Paul, our guide was a fair dinkum larrikin. He could spin a great yarn and kept all us folk giggling like schoolgirls for 5 days. Day 1 hike was pretty laid back until we got to camp after a few hours of leisurely trekking and meeting new mates. Then we did the optional hike up this huge hill ... Continue Reading