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  • Day50

    Greetings from 10,800 feet!

    January 18, 2016 in Peru ⋅ 🌧 9 °C

    We're happy to report that we've made it through the first day of our Inca trail trek to Macchu Pichu! The trip started with a group briefing on Sunday night, where we met our fellow trekkers: a couple from New York, a Brazilian woman from Sao Paolo, and a Greek gentleman from Athens.

    The trek started bright and early Monday morning, as we were picked up from our hostel at 4:30 AM. A two-hour drive through beautiful Peruvian countryside was followed by breakfast and clearing the ranger station.

    Today's hike was difficult for us, as we're still not totally acclimated to the altitude. But we did cover 6.5 miles and about 2,000 vertical feet! Our guide, cook, and team of porters are all wonderful and friendly people, and we feel lucky to have such excellent accommodations and meals in such a remote place! It sure beats boiled-water MREs :)

    Tomorrow we will have our most difficult day, covering 10 miles and over 4,000 vertical feet. We'll let you all know if we survive. Get the diamox ready!
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  • Day65

    D1 lunch: smullen!

    December 25, 2014 in Peru ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    We staan op het punt te ontdekken hoe goed het eten gaat zijn gedurende de komende dagen. Jammie :-)! In afwachting op het feestmaal, zien we wat mensen dingen verslepen op de lokale manier :-). We moesten namelijk nog een hele tijd wachten op het eten, omdat we meer dan een uur voorlagen op schema. Dat belooft :-)!Read more

  • 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

  • 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

  • Day4

    Campsite Day 1

    April 8, 2017 in Peru ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    Post-Lunch, we made surprisingly good time according to our guide. Despite this, the ascents still remained a challenge. The terrain is uneven and the steps very in size and security, all of which adds to the physical challenge of climbing at altitude.

    We were treated to a wonderful show from a hummingbird at very close range, sadly we were too slow and too engrossed to get to the camera.

    The final push to the campsite was a steep one - through the Wallabamba checkpoint and up once again to campsite 18. Our arrival was greeted with applause from the porters who had, in the time that we had simply walked from lunch to here, dismantled the lunch operation, packed it, run past us, got to camp and set up our tents and the dining tent...all whilst we were merely trying to hold on to our breath and our legs. They even provided us each with a bowl of warm water in which to wash.

    We had an hour or so before we formally met each of our porters and introduced ourselves before enjoying a brew and some biscuits. The view from the tent and the campsite is awe inspiring; as the sun descended the almost full moon came out over the mountains.

    Shortly, we'll have dinner - another three course extravaganza. We certainly did not expect this level of provision or even luxury on this trek - the porters really are outstanding. We've yet to find out what time we are up tomorrow, other than 'early' - so early in fact that the 7 hour trekking is apparently all to be completed before lunch...yikes. Tomorrow's climb is the killer - steep ascent all morning. I have to admit to being a little nervous...but the way back is almost as bad so, here goes!

    Fitbit total - 25,000 steps and 251 flights of stairs
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  • Day5

    Steps, steps and more sodding steps

    April 9, 2017 in Peru ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    Up at 5am, breakfast at 5.45am...and what a breakfast! Bread, porridge and pancakes to gear us up for the most challenging day. The plan was a 6hr ascent to 4200m followed by a 2hr descent to the 3600m campsire; the ascent started with a gradual slope through a winding open paths and a more jungle-like environment. The sun came out in force, a pleasant change from yesterday. Then however, just 45 minutes in to the day, came the steps - uneven, giant steps which were the defining feature of the next two hours. Whilst everyone was told to go there own pace, I think my legs would have preferred no pace!Read more

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