Katie Burton


Katie Burton

Europe » United Kingdom » England March 26th 2018

**Warning pretty long blog post but I wanted to capture the story so I can re-read if I need to at a later date!** Background I had been on some pretty good holidays previously that were not the usual sit by the pool or beach all day kind. In fact each one seemed to be getting a bit more adventurous than the previous one. Don’t get me wrong I like having a holiday where you can do nothing but chill out in the sun and in fact the first time my friends suggested us going to New York for a holiday the price alone compared to my usual holiday in the sun was enough to put me off! But slowly the idea grew on me and after much discussion and planning the holiday turned into a ... read more
The cable car I went on
View from the top of sugarloaf mountain
The Salkantay Trek

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London March 26th 2018

The last two days of the holiday have been spent catching up with Steph's brother and sister in law and having guided tours by Tom around Buenos Aires as well as trying to catch up on some sleep! We've walked quite far and clocked up the steps which is probably a good thing as all we seem to have done is eat! We got taken to a famous pizza place where we shared a large margarita pizza. We got a photo taken by a BA sign made of greenery which looks great amongst the blue sky. The weather the first full day was really hot. It's just turning to Autumn time now in Buenos Aires but you wouldn't have known it as the temp got up to 30 degrees. Steph loved the heat but with the ... read more
Huge hailstones
Ice cream

South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires » Buenos Aires March 22nd 2018

After another early start we were picked up and driven to the airport arriving ages in advance so we had plenty of time. We checked our bags in and then went through to try and find something to eat for breakfast. There was a choice of KFC, McDonalds or Dunkin Donuts. Dunkin donuts won out as we don't have that option near home so we settled down with a cappuccino and egg and cheese muffin each with an obligatory donut. The airport was pretty busy already even though it was only 7am. We were down to our last 18 Peruvian Soles so went on the hunt to try and spend them before leaving the country and picked up a gift for one of the cat sitters back home! We headed through security as normal and found ... read more
Steph with her wine me with a beer!

South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Miraflores March 21st 2018

After having a bit of a lie in and going for breakfast we got ready to be picked up by Fernando at 10am. He had left us a message with reception the day before to confirm he would be arriving at 10 which was nice and he was true to his word arriving bang on time. We drove through Miraflores towards the city of centre of Lima before veering off towards the harbour where he dropped us off and confirmed he would pick us up again at 2pm to take us back to the hotel after the trip. We were introduced to the guide who spoke English well and waited with three other girls who seemed to be going on the same trip. A few more people joined and when we got on board the boat ... read more
Fishing boat
Steph swimming with sea lions
Me swimming with sea lions

South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Miraflores March 21st 2018

After not getting to bed until midnight and waking up yesterday at 3.50am I wasn't too happy when the alarm when off at 7am this morning. Although I was glad we had done all of our packing the night before, it was still a struggle to get out of bed. Our taxi pickup for the airport was at 8.15am so we had some time to get ready and go for a quick breakfast before checking out. We'd put our backpacks into the flight bags early and added our hiking boots too as we no longer needed to carry them in our hand luggage in case our main bags got lost. We manhandled them to reception just in time for the taxi driver to appear and call me Katty Button again :) Our bags were carried into ... read more
Stephs made up veggie meal
My meal!
Our large hotel room!

South America » Peru » Cusco » Salkantay Trail March 19th 2018

Alarms went off at 3.50am and we started trying to pack the last few things we'd left out overnight desperately trying to dry after yesterday's rainy hike. Half an hour later we were ready to leave and left most of our stuff in the hotel reception before heading on down to the queue for the bus. Kira and Jannine were already in the queue and Pal and Vivjan were a couple of people ahead of us. Catherine, Adrian and Cameron had decided to hike up and they went past us a couple of minutes later waving, on their way down to wait for the bridge to open. Luckily the weather was good even though it was still dark and we took our places in the queue sitting on the ground waiting the hour for the buses ... read more
Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu
Crazy train ride

South America » Peru » Cusco » Salkantay Trail March 18th 2018

After going to bed pretty early in advance of the tough day ahead I was woken up at 2am by Steph shouting at me from her bed 'everything's wet it's leaking, all my stuff is wet'. I could hear the heavy rain on the roof of the jungle dome so I felt the dome inside by me to find it was dry and wondered what she was on about. Then I realised we had tried to open the flap Windows earlier on as it was very stuffy, she hadn't managed to do my side but I had managed to do her side and we'd left it open. Then it had started raining heavy in the night and she had woken up to the rain dripping through the tent top onto her face! It wasn't funny at ... read more
Train track trekking
Rain rain and more rain!
Arriving in Aguas Calientes

South America » Peru » Cusco » Salkantay Trail March 17th 2018

We were woken up on day three with a knock on the tent and the usual words 'coca tea!' at about 5am. It had been heavily raining during the night so the air was a bit damp and the area around camp was very muddy. We packed up our stuff by torchlight and put our duffel bags together awaiting Alex to load up the horses. Then we had breakfast as a group before setting off from camp. Leo told us that we were going to have to carry our duffels because of the landslide so I was trying to work out the best way once we had to do it, me and Steph figured it was probably best to load up our daypack a with as much as possible to carry on our backs so our ... read more
Eating grenadilla
Bridge above a river
Sporting our berry ‘fertility’ markings

South America » Peru » Cusco » Salkantay Trail March 16th 2018

We were woken up at 5am with a knock at the door and some coca tea. We then had half an hour to sort all our stuff out, get dressed and appear for breakfast. We had made the mistake of leaving all this to the morning and struggled so the next few days we made sure to be more organised before going to bed. Anyway we got to breakfast where again there was a lot of choice and huge quantities. After breakfast we topped up our water in our day packs, made sure we were wearing enough layers and included our jackets and raincoats as it was going to cold at the top. We were ready and set off up to the pass at the same time as the other group. Getting out of camp was ... read more
Day 2
Day 2
Day 2

South America » Peru » Cusco » Salkantay Trail March 15th 2018

Trek Day One We woke up early and finished the last few bits packing before checking out of our room and handing our main backpacks over to the hotel to keep for us while we were on the trek. We were then picked up at 4.30am by Leo. There were already two people on the bus who were a Dutch couple named Pal and Vivjan. We then drove on picking up the others; Catherine and Adrian who were from Switzerland, Kira and Jannine who were from Germany and Cameron who is from California. Once everyone was in the bus we started to chat to get to know each other a little. All of the others were more long term backpackers traveling from between 3 months to 8 months plus, apart from Jannine who was on a ... read more
Day 1
Day 1
Day 1

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