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Peru – Huayna Picchu and trip back to Cusco

We were on our own for the start of the next day, several tickets dangerously in our own hands … bus tickets to/from Machu Picchu, Huayna Picchu entrance tickets (Machu Picchu included), and train tickets from Aguas Calientes back to Ollantaytambo, where we would catch our van back to Cusco. We were free to . . . → Read More: Peru – Huayna Picchu and trip back to Cusco

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu “You Have Reached Your Destination” – Day Four

I think everyone who hikes the Inca Trail has a nagging thought they need to arrive at the Sun Gate (Intipunku) before first light. I’m not quite picturing Indiana Jones standing in front of the stone pillars, holding the “Staff of Inti” (twin to the “Staff of Ra”), with a crystal at its center . . . → Read More: Inca Trail to Machu Picchu “You Have Reached Your Destination” – Day Four

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu – Day Three

The Chaquicocha campsite was protected by a half-bowl of worn down teeth, the other side spilling out into valley vistas with layered mountains stretching into the horizon. I had hoped to take some pictures by moonlight, but I was too “Newtonian” in my habits. Had the weather cooperated before I went to bed, I would . . . → Read More: Inca Trail to Machu Picchu – Day Three

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu – Day Two

There’s no illusion a tent wall provides any kind of a barrier to sound, so anyone bothered by snoring might want to pack earplugs on the Inca Trail. About 4 am, our tents now illuminated by a very bright moon, I could hear our neighbors become progressively more restless. On one side, neither person had . . . → Read More: Inca Trail to Machu Picchu – Day Two

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu – Day One

I suppose anxiety works much the same for any life event. After spending the last two days courting Peru, traveling, sightseeing, and adjusting, disliking some aspects while loving others, we were nervous … no amount of book reading or advice really determines your final packing (or … whatever). This night before the start of the . . . → Read More: Inca Trail to Machu Picchu – Day One