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South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu August 24th 2013

The Power Of The Mind With Limited Oxygen – A Personal Reflection. Author Sue We accomplished the Inca Trail Trek!!! – Keith, Kathy, Jamie and Sue Starting out on a dream of a lifetime, the unknown the mystery of the journey saw us leave our safe haven in Cusco. That is, a warm comfortable bed; flushing toilet; hot showers and connection to the world and its daily events. Backpacks on backs with minimal clothing and extra water we descend to the Sacred Valley to meet our porters and organize bedding. The rush of excitement carries us past villages, children playing and blowing whistles thanks to Ja... read more
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South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu August 24th 2013

C'est à 4h30 et dans le noir que nous partons de l'hôtel. Nous arrivons tout excités aux portes du pont permettant d'accéder aux marches menant au Machu Picchu. A 4h55, les portes s'ouvrent : nous sommes fin prêts pour commencer l'ascension des 1600 marches qui nous attendent. Malgré le froid et la pluie, on sue comme des porcs ! Arrivés devant l'entrée (avant les 1ers bus!), nous devons patienter quelques minutes. Lorsque nous pénétrons enfin dans l'enceinte du site, gros smile en voyant les 1ers murs. Quelques marches de plus, et le Machu Picchu s'offre à nous. Epoustouflant ! Nous profitons du spectacle et savourons le moment. Après quelques photos, nous partons faire un tour du côté du pont de l'Inca, d'où nous voyons l'autre côté de la vallée. En revenant, la pluie commence à tomber, ... read more
 C'est parti pour 1600 marches
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South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu August 4th 2013

4/8/2013: Got of the bus really early in the morning, found a hostel called "point" for 28 the first night and 22 the next night. We brushed our teeth and a guy came in to take some drugs and left again so we concluded that it was a party hostel. After some sleep we got up and took a shower and got some breakfast. Later we exploided the internet and got all of the things done we couldnt in Bolivia and skyped a little. Then we went for a walk, booked a tour to valle sagrada and had lunch at plaza de armas. In the evening we walked around a small market and plaza san fransisco and bought some more gifts. Then we went for dinner at an "italian" restaurant, a little dissapointing. Early to bed ... read more
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South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu July 20th 2013

Machu pitchu !! By Laura! We've had this trip booked for months because I knew I wanted to spend my birthday at Matchu pitchu. Looking on the Internet round at Mikes, I found this company called 'Lorenzo expeditions' on trip advisor and every single rating they had was 'excellent 5/5'. Sitting one night reading through all these reviews with Mike we got so excited and emailed the company and provisionally booked for the 18th June on a 4day and 3night 'inca jungle trail'. A bike ride on the first day then hikes through the jungle and along ancient inka trails until finally reaching Machu Pichu at the top. We arrived in Cusco on Father's Day and skyped my Dad and Mike's Dad Pete from the bus station whilst we waited for someone from the hostel we ... read more
Our view over Cusco whilst having breakfast
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Party time

South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu July 10th 2013

Ola a todos Nous sommes revenus dans nos quartiers de Cuzco, apres une petite excurssion de 2 jours pour visiter le site du Machu Picchu. Pour ce faire nous nous sommes rendu a Aguas Caliente, ou nous avons passe la nuit, pour partir a 5h du matin et voir le jour se lever sur le site. Mais tout d'abord il faut gravir les quelques 1700 marches pour arriver au site, une fois en haut, un peu suant, on a eu une vues des plus magnifiquesl. Le site a ete construit par les Incas au 15eme siecle, et le plus surprenant est la precision et la taille des pierres qui ont ete gravees et mises en place pour la construction. Le site est compose de plusieurs quartiers differents construits avec plus ou moins de precision : il ... read more
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South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu July 2nd 2013

What an amazing day! Early this morning, 6:30am to be exact, we got on a bus to take us up the mountain to the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu. This site was built in the 1400-1500's. They worked on it for 90 yrs. and still did not finish it. It was built as a sanctuary for the priests and nobles. The people under the control of the Inca had to pay an annual labor tax, and it was those people who did all the hard labor. In 1911Hiram Bingham, a professor at Yale University came to Peru to find the lost city. When he arrived in Aguascalientes Calientes a local man told him about the site and guided him up to it. Restoration took many years. In 1948 it opened to tourism. Today it is considered ... read more
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Top of the mountains

South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu July 1st 2013

Hola from Aguas Calientes. Today we went from one adventure to another: 1. Went to an animal sanctuary and saw condors close up. A little too close for me! 2. We then learnEd about llamas and alpacas, and how to tell the difference. The llama's tail sticks up and the alpacas' does not. I am now an expert on Peruvian cameloids:). Feeding them grass was an adventure! 3. The bus drive into the Sacred Valley is not for the faint of heart. The horn got more use than any other part of the bus. 4. Sampling guinea pig, a favorite in Peru, was next. We came on a roadside bar-b-que with several roasting over a fire. The tour guide dubbed the head of one of them and we divided the others among us. I would not ... read more
Beautiful children!
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South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu June 17th 2013

Today had some high points and low points, literally and emotionally as we tackled our biggest hiking day yet up to Machu Picchu. Olly broke out in song the second earliest all trip, 3:55am!! I sprang out of bed in anticipation for the adventures ahead. Rach on the other hand didn't share my excitement, moving about the hotel room like a Galapagos tortoise. We had a carbo loaded breakie of muesli bars, bananas and a yoghurt drink and met the rest of our tour group at the hotel reception at 4.30am. We walked down through the town and along the river, joining fellow trekkers in the dark as we walked towards the entrance point. It was pitch black so we were guided by ... read more
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South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu June 17th 2013

Special preview of photos from Machu Picchu - entry to come soon!... read more
Victory!
Inka Jungle Trek Group!
Machu Picchu at Dawn

South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu June 11th 2013

Porters were up at 2.30 am and as our tent was only a couple of metres from them we were awake as well. We had to get up at 3.30 as we had to be packed up and had breakfast by 4.30. The porters have to catch a train at 5.30 from the bottom of the valley. We walked down to the check point were we had to wait until 5.30 until the check point opened. There was a very large group waiting to walk. We had our head light on to start the walk. It took about an hour to get to the Sun gate where we got our first glimpse of Machu Pichu. Some of the track was very steep. One section they call the monkey climb we went up using and hands . ... read more
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