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Peru (part 2): The Inca Trail, Machu Picchu & Lima

July 25, 2012

After writing my first post about Peru, I was all excited to write the follow-up. The trip had been amazing, and there is much information to share. But something kept me from getting to it and I kept on re-adding it to my “to do” list without actually doing it. Keep reading and you’ll find out why.

When planning our trip, I got some wonderful guidance from a colleague who works for Mountain Lodges of Peru. I would’ve loved to do their four night lodge-to-lodge hiking trip, but didn’t think my 11-year-old was ready all that hiking. I was eager, however, to hike part of the Inca trail,and Nadia advised me that we could obtain a permit to hike from Kilometer 108 into Machu Picchu.

With her help, we got the necessary permits and met our guide, Dalmiro, at 6 am the morning of our departure. Together, we hopped aboard the Perurail train in Ollantaytambo for the 45-minute train ride to Kilometer 108. Across a bridge over the raging Urubamba river and through a check point where our passports and hiking permits were reviewed, we began what we were told would be a five to six hour hike. Read More→


Peru (part 1): From Cusco to the The Sacred Valley

June 5, 2012

IMG_0437 (1)Clinging to the Andes, and resting between the Amazon rainforest and South America’s eastern coastline, Peru has so much culture, adventure, and a 5,000 year history – the trick is figuring out how much of the three elements will strike the ideal balance for each traveler.

For our family’s recent visit, and knowing the travel tendencies of our kids, Emily, 16, and Simon, 11 (read: they don’t love sightseeing), I worked hard to create just the right, varied mixture.

As most people suggest, we began our trip with a two-day stay inCusco in an effort to acclimate to the high altitude (11,200 feet). We arrived at the historic Hotel Monasterio, a 16th century monasterylocated a couple of blocks from Cusco’s main square. The heart of the hotel is its picturesque courtyard with a fountain and a 300-year old cedar tree IMG_0434surrounded by gardens and stone cloisters. Not a bad place to have a meal. We drank a ton of water, requested rooms that pump some extra oxygen (this comes with an additional fee) and hoped the altitude would not get in our way.

Our fantastic guide, Freddy Meza, Read More→