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May 18, 2012 - INCA!

Well I made it to Machu Picchu and it was everything I had hoped. It was one of the places that I had read about for many years and had always wanted to visit. From Ollytamtambo to the ruins entailed a 7am train ride to a little town called Aguas Calientes. The train was really modern but the track was through some quite narrow areas on the side of a river and only about 3 years ago it had been washed out in a few places they did however serve an airline style breakfast and the scenery was spectacular. Aguas Calientes is on the side of a...

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May 16, 2012 - Machu Picchu Magic

We were a bit worried when we awoke to the sound of rain on the roof this morning. A rainy day wasn't what we were hoping for on our first trip to Machu Picchu. But by the time we finished breakfast, the rain had let up and Pepe escorted us to the bus where we met our Machu Picchu guide, Wagner. Only specially licensed guides are allowed to show tourists around Machu Picchu but Pepe assured us that Wagner was the best. The only way to get to the site is to walk or take the bus up the "Hiram Bingham" highway (named after the guy who...

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May 10, 2012 - El magico Cammino Inca

È mentre attraverso in treno la Valle Sacra, costeggiando il Rio Urubamba, con i polpacci a pezzi e la stanchezza della pazza mattina in corpo, che, vedendo dal basso le montagne e i sentieri che mi hanno fatto compagnia negli ultimi giorni, la testa mi si riempie di immagini, una diversa dall’altra, e mi sento invasa da una forte emozione ripensando a ciò che ho appena avuto l’onore di vivere, che forse fino a quel momento non ho appreso appieno. Giornate così piene, così diverse, così ricche, che non fai neanche in tempo a fermarti a...

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My Big Trip

Dec 28, 2011 - Machu Picchu

Dec 21 – Today is the official start of the journey to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu. We had to get up early and fly from Lima to the city of Cusco. Along with me, I will be travelling with Christina my fellow Canadian on this trip, she is from Toronto. Also newlyweds David and Davina from England that are honeymooning in South America and doing some volunteering also. Don’t they have perfect matching names. And rounding out the flight crew is my Connecticut America friends, Ryan Reynolds, Jocelyn, and Audrey. Our original flight to...

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Nov 28, 2011 - Machu Picchu

THe Inca were a highly sophisticated race who knew so much about civil & structural engineering, hydraulics, patterns of nature, the cosmos and incredible construction techniques. We just learnt so much about this place and the culture of the Inka race from our guide (recommended by our fantastic travel organiser - Iffram from the Rimi Panuku hotel in Cuzco). We spent over 6 hours looking at this incredible ruin. I was very interested to hear that the Inka had very órganic´and ´sustainable´ methods of living and producing crops. The stay...

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SOUTH AMERICA 2011

Nov 17, 2011 - Inca Trail Hike to Machu Picchu!

Nov 12 Day 1 Hike on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Got picked up at our hotel at 5:15am by SAS Travel Peru for our hike up the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. There were 14 hikers, 2 guides and about 20 porters. We were told that we would be hiking 7 hours uphill on the first day!! Turns out we only hiked 2 and a half hours in total. We would hike about 20 minutes then stop for a break and one stop for lunch. The best part was that everyone in our group spoke English, were around the same age and everyone was really friendly. There were people...

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Oct 11, 2011 - Machu Picchu: Scaling the heights

Today we spent a second morning at Machu Picchu. We arrived there by bus at 0800 after a leisurely breakfast at the El Mapi Hotel, where we were staying in Aguas Calientes.  Rather than enter the sanctuary through the normal gate, we opted for the entrance that would take us to the higher part of the site, that we did not visit the day before. This involved climbing many steps and walking through bamboo surrounded tracks. Finally we emerged midway up the upper terraces and were able to identify the signs directing us to Intipunku, the Sun...

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Oct 10, 2011 - Machu Picchu: Trains and Tour

At the end of the day visiting The Sacred Valley, Robert ended up with a vile migraine, whether due to altitude problems or due to carrying round heavy bags and hurting his neck. So, he took himself off to bed at about 0700 and slept until about 0500 in the morning, helped by Valium and Panadol. At 0715, we were picked up by a guide and driven at breakneck speed the many miles to Ollantaytambo station where we had been the day before to catch the Vistadome train (ie a train with glass panels set into the ceiling). The latter didn't add much...

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Aug 10, 2011 - Machu Picchu

Both Ted and Annie found it hard to express in words the amazing beauty of Machu Picchu, so hopefully the pictures can speak for themselves. It was an incredible finale to a four week trip filled with many new experiences, sights and wonders and many new found friends! Thanks to all our guides and especially or Gap group leader Angela who did such an outstanding job. Hope you enjoyed the photos and blogs!

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Jul 28, 2011 - Inca Trail and Machu Picchu

Inca Trail was amazing. Pretty sure I can say that now I have finished. At the time on some of the uphills that went on forever, I might have not been using those words! The first day was pretty easy, second day which includes a pass called Dead Woman's Pass nearly killed us all (apart from Elliot who beat the guide by half an hour and shouted words for encouragment from the top). The third day was a second pass followed by a decent of 900m. Your trully must have stopped concentrating on the steps down because I fell and hurt my ankle....

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Jul 25, 2011 - Machu Picchu, You Captured My Soul

FONT SIZE=3>I started climbing Machu Picchu well before the sunrise. A little over an hour later, I arrived at the top of the mountain feeling like a champ. It was probably the hardest hike I have ever done! Step after step of what seemed to be an endless stairway to the mountain top led to a heaven on Earth. I cannot express in words how astonishing this place really is. Every angle, every corner, every inch of the mountain really does take your breath away. The best part is the adventure up to Huayna Picchu, where you can capture a...

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Jul 17, 2011 - Parapenting in Cusco

For those who havent seen it, parapenting is spanish for paragliding and what a fantastic experience it was. With yesterdays bad experiences we were preparing for anything to go wrong. To our suprise, the pick up was on time with a chap who spoke very good English. After collecting another american couple we set off again for the Sacred Valley. A hill/mountain occupied by some radio towers is where we set up waiting for good wind speed and direction. The only bad point to the day was we waited for about 1.30 hours. In that time we got...

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