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  • Day49

    Machu Picchu

    March 3, 2020 in Peru ⋅ 🌧 13 °C

    *this blog post is 2 days combined*

    We went to visit Machu Picchu and it was INCREDIBLE! Machu Picchu is an old Inca city that was lost (outside Peru) for 500 years!
    The story of rediscovery:
    There was an American guy called Bingham and he went to Peru to try and see the terraces amongst a forest. So he went to a Peruvian man’s house and he didn’t want to take him so he got his son, Pablito to take him to see the terraces, and then Bingham saw the old ruins amongst the trees and raided all the gold and silver. When he arrived, he found a family living in Machu Picchu but when he wrote his book, he said he was the first man to Machu Picchu, but really there were millions of people from the Inca times and even the family he found.

    The next day (today) we climbed Machu Picchu mountain, which is right next to Machu Picchu and it is 3000 metres high! It was so tiring, and I’m not so sure it was worth it when we got to the top as there were clouds covering everything! The most of Machu Picchu we saw is in the pictures.

    After visiting the mountain, we went to see around Machu Picchu again and we went to see the temple of the condor, which was closed yesterday. The temple of the condor is a room of worship with a huge statue of a condor. There was also a secret tunnel room . . . treasure?
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    Sylvia Carney

    What an adventure but SO many steps 🤪 you did well Lara. X

    3/4/20Reply
    Steven Bennett

    Wow that’s some view

    3/4/20Reply
    Kathleen Bird

    Wow sounds amazing. I envy you seeing Machu Picchu. You are going to have experienced so much Lara and as an added bonus you’re going to be very fit with all the exercise you are doing. Don’t tire your mum and too much. 😂😂. xx

    3/4/20Reply
    Michael Carney

    Amazing experience and great photos xx

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  • Day2

    A caminar!

    May 4 in Peru ⋅ ☁️ 12 °C

    Después de revisión de pasaportes iniciamos con una explicación del guía al museo del parque. Y luego iniciamos el camino.

    El primer día es el "suave". Se inicia cruzando un puente que está ubicado en lo que llaman el kilómetro 82. La altitud de inicio es de 2720 msnm. Es un día que inicia relativamente plano.Read more

  • Day1

    "Todo listo, ¡vamos!"

    May 3 in Peru ⋅ ☁️ 10 °C

    El día previo a la caminata tuvimos un briefing al finalizar el la tarde, Nuestro guía Gabriel, fue el encargado de darnos los detalles del viaje, el terreno, las distancias y los cuidados que debíamos tener durante la travesía...

    Salimos del briefing y fuimos a comprar las últimas cosas, unas frutas.
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  • Day10

    Camino de Inca

    March 14 in Peru ⋅ ☁️ 12 °C

    Vor 3 Tagen mussten wir uns also ohne Patrick auf den Weg machen, um den Inkatrail zu begehen. Schweren Herzens ließen wir ihn um 4 Uhr morgens im Hotel zurück und wurden zum Start des Trails gebracht. Auf was wir uns da eingelassen hatten, wurde uns erst im Laufe der nächsten Tage so richtig klar. Zunächst schien es sich nur um eine recht normale Wanderung zu handeln - aber gibt es eine „normale“ Wanderung im Hochgebirge überhaupt? Bei Sonnenschein wanderten wir los in Richtung unseres ersten Nachtlagers, besuchten auf dem Weg eine Inkastätte und konnten den Tag noch genießen. Im Verlauf zeigte sich jedoch einer unserer Mitstreiter der Höhe und den Steigungen nicht gewachsen, so dass er am nächsten Morgen das Camp in Richtung Ausgangspunkt verließ, während wir uns auf den anspruchsvollsten Teil der Reise machten: 15 Kilometer, 2 Pässe mit 4200 und 3900 Metern Höhe, 12 Stunden Wanderung über grobe Steinplatten und glitschige Stufen, dass wir die große Höhe merkten war nicht zu verleugnen. Durchgehend Regen, Aussicht an den Pässen gleich null. Und das Nachtlager am ehesten mit einem Sumpf vergleichbar. Nun muss man jedoch ein Wort über unsere „Ausstattung“ verlieren: Wir wurden begleitet von unserem Guide Rene, einem Koch, einem Sous-Chef und insgesamt 7 Trägern, die unsere Zelte. Wir waren also rundum umsorgt und konnten uns täglich über herrlich angerichtete Mahlzeiten und am dritten Tag sogar über einen selbstgemachten Kuchen freuen!
    Am dritten Tag besserte sich das Wetter etwas und an das Aufstehen um 5 Uhr hatten wir uns auch ganz gut gewöhnt. Erstmal war es aber weiterhin ziemlich nass, doch immerhin ging es an diesem Tag „nur“ über einen Pass von 3600 m. Danach folgten 3 Stunden Marsch bergab über unregelmäßig in Stein gehauene Treppen im andinen Regenwald. Nachdem wir die Wolken durchbrochen hatten, zeigte sich uns endlich ein großartiges Andenpanorama und wir besuchten noch eine letzte Inkastätte, nun bei Sonnenschein, um uns vor dem 4. und letzten Tag des Camino de Inca auszuruhen. An diesem hieß es nämlich bereits um 03:40 Uhr mitten in der Nacht „Raus aus den Federn“ und los zum Sonnentor, einem Pass mit Inkagebäuden und theoretisch mit Blick auf Machu Picchu, das Ziel des Camino de Inca. Nach Sonnenaufgang konnten wir jedoch zunächst nur einen unscharfen Blick durch die noch dichte Wolkendecke auf das Ziel unserer Reise werfen, weshalb wir uns schließlich dazu entschieden, den Weg zu Ende zu bringen. Nach einer weiteren Stunde hatten wir es geschafft: wir waren in Machu Picchu! Hier trafen wir auch endlich Patrick wieder, der mit uns der Führung von Rene durch diese magische Stadt folgte. Machu Picchu ist definitiv die Reise und auch die Anstrengung des Inkatrails wert!
    Schließlich ging es gemeinsam mit Zug und Bus zurück nach Cuzco, so dass wir unser viertägiges Abenteuer Camino de Inca abschließen konnten.
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  • Day11

    Machu Picchu Day 2

    July 4, 2016 in Peru ⋅ 🌙 27 °C

    Happy July 4th!
    It was another beautiful 70 degree day in Peru. High temperatures have been between 70 and 75 each day though usually in the 40s and 50s at night.
    We had another opportunity today to go back into Machu Picchu. We arrived up the mountain at 9:30a, perfect timing for our 10:00 hike up Wayna (also spelled Huayna) Picchu. Only 400 people are allowed to hike up this mountain per day, 200 at 7am and 200 at 10am. There's a picture below, of the mountain in behind the gate. We had read that the hike was harrowing and STEEP. Both were right but mostly the latter. The hike up, which took us 53 minutes, was made up, primarily, of stone stairs, some at a 75-80 degree angle. We took it slow though and most of it was manageable. Views from the top were, once again, spectacular. It took us 38 minutes to descend.
    After that, we left Machu Picchu and took the bus back to Aguas Calientes. We walked to our hotel, Inkaterra, and cleaned up. They allow use of their showers even after check out. Lunch was included at the hotel, so we had a delicious lunch there. We took a walk through the hotel's Orchid garden though the flowers are, disappointingly, not in bloom this time of year. Still, a pretty walk and we did find begonias! Lucky us. 😉
    We walked the 5 minutes to the train station and left on the 4:22 train back to Ollantaytambo. They had a man in costume dance in the aisles and then had an alpaca wool fashion show by the train attendants. Flight attendants have it easy!
    Once we arrived, we were met by our driver from several days ago, Cero and another, English speaking guide. We drove nearly 2 hours to Cusco where we checked in at the Costa del Sol (a Ramada hotel). The hotel looks very charming and our room is nice. We walked into the city square which is beautiful and very European. We found a small trattoria to eat in and had some good Italian food.
    On our drive in to Cusco, I was reminded of an interesting thing about Peru. There are dogs EVERYWHERE! Our guides have told us they all belong to someone thought it's difficult to imagine. They all appear to roam the streets at will. What is fascinating is that you don't see dog feces anywhere nor have I seen any dog urinating. Not sure who is cleaning the streets as we haven't seen that either! Maybe these dogs don't require this bodily function?
    Off to bed - hope the fireworks 🎆 were great for you tonight!
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    Terri Maisel

    Amazing pics!

    7/4/16Reply
    Jacalyn Bishop

    Thanks😀

    7/4/16Reply
    Joani Lesser

    At least you and Ken got to practice climbing in Bhutan! Again, the trip sounds incredible and beautiful, from the sights to the weather. I'm so glad you got the second entrance to Machu Picchu. Most people don't get to do that (good travel agent! ⛰🛳✈️🚉🚍).

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  • Day66

    D2 Dead Woman's pass: check!

    December 26, 2014 in Peru ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Iedereen heeft het gehaald! Casey en ik kwamen als eerste van de groep toeristen aan en werden aangenaam verrast door een warm kopje thee en een sandwich van onze fantastische porters. Na een tijdje wachten, kwam de rest ook in een hele snelle tijd toe. Wat een goede groep :-)!Read more

  • Day4

    Our 3rd stop after the 3rd hill...

    April 8, 2017 in Peru ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    So the day began with a bit of a hill followed by a flat-ish, undulating trail. Sadly, that was not to last. There big hills and three pit stops later, we reached the high point before lunch.

    The ascents themselves are challenging enough, though not unreasonable. But the altitude simply takes your breath, meaning even at a slow pace these hills require what our guide would call PMA - positive mental attitude.

    Nonetheless the views at the top and the sense of achievement make it thoroughly worthwhile.
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  • Day4

    Lunch stop (day 1)

    April 8, 2017 in Peru ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    Just before lunch we stopped to see out first ruin: from high above it we could see the signature terraces as well as the watchtower overlooking them.

    From here, the descent was steep to lunch...seemingly counterproductive given the effort of the morning's climb. The arrival at lunch was, however, phenomenal. Our group is 13 people, for which we have a team of 22 porters and 2 guides. The porters ran - literally ran - ahead of us, each carrying around 25kg. This includes our own duffle bags, as well as group kit. For lunch, they had a full military operation - a dining tent laid out with tableclothed tables and cutlery over which they served us an amazing three course meal.

    Mercifully, while all this was going on, the rain broke and we emerged from lunch rather heavier but drier, and ready to tackle an apparently more challenging afternoon.
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  • Day5

    Dead woman's pass

    April 9, 2017 in Peru ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    Steps, slopes, steeper slopes and more steps. But 4.5hrs after starting, we reached Dead Woman's Pass at 4200m. The pace up had been slow and plodding - whilst none of our muscles actually hurt, the trek was simply difficult. Uneven paths, big steps and thin air made for slow but steady progress.

    Stops were frequent, but restarting after each one was itself a challenge and often led to a bit of a headrush in the first minute or two.

    The views were brilliant, surrounded by mountains and snow peaks in the distance, with steam rising off the plants and clouds rolling over the valley. However the clouds made for a very bright backdrop...and most of the pictures of me have my eyes scrunched up from the brightness!! We'll save those for later.

    At Dead Woman's Pass, we regrouped and geared up for the 2hr/4km descent. Having been rather concerned over my ability to complete today, it was a relief to get to the top, as well as a huge sense of achievement. It probably wasn't as difficult as I expected but it certainly was a challenge, and a number of our group suffered with altitude sickness on the way up.
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  • Day65

    D1: eerste slaapplek verkennen

    December 25, 2014 in Peru ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Genieten van de zonsondergang en de eerste welverdiende nachtrust te Ayapata (3300m). Iedereen kijkt wel in spanning uit naar dag 2 wegens het enorm aantal hoogtemeters op hoogte :-).

    Na zonsondergang werd de crew aan elkaar voorgesteld: de sfeer zat er in, het licht net iets minder ;-)Read more

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