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South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco » Cusco October 2nd 2012

October 2, 2012 After my first bed in four days and arguably my best sleep in a while it was time to get out and explore the mighty Cusco...had a taste of it the week before as we transited between Puno and the Sacred Valley, but now I had three solid days to poke around, relax and wind up this fantastic adventure... Awesome place: Great narrow cobblestone streets surrounding the Plaza de Armas, beautiful churches and museums, with fun pubs, shops and restaurants thrown in for good measure! Hectic enough pace at pretty much anytime of the day but the vibe to me was relaxed, absolutely loved it...hawkers aplenty, but again not a hard sell and a simple "no, gracias" would end the encounter, no worries... The gang pretty much split up for the day, and ... read more
Oh yeah...

South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu October 1st 2012

October 1, 2012 Starting Elevation 2680m (8792ft) 4th Camp - Cusco!- Warm Bed and Shower Well here it was, the day we had all been looking forward to: Day 4 Inca Trail and time for some Machu Picchu action! During the briefing the night before we decided to get up even earlier than we had been, 3:30am if memory serves me correctly...the deal with this day is to reach the Sun Gate by sunrise, and with this only being about a 4km hike it wasn't going to take everyone in the camps is thinking the same thing; dreading the thoughts of traffic jams on the trail for this final leg... So we were up and doing our final packing, saying goodbye to our porters and tents before making our way down to the was ... read more
Crack of dawn at the Control Point...
Control Point
View from the trail...

South America » Peru » Cusco » Inca Trail September 30th 2012

September 30, 2012 Starting Elevation 3600m (11811ft) 3rd Camp - WiƱay Wayna- 2680m (8792ft) Highest Point - 3900m (12795ft) Distance Travelled 16kms After listening to the rain drip onto the tent all night it was a pleasant surprise to see dawn break clearly, and to be greeted with the sight of snowcapped mountains as I emerged from the tent was nothing short of breathtaking...still not feeling great, but with the knowledge that the hardest day was done, that we were a little more than halfway there and that it looked like it was going to be a beautiful day did wonders for the morale, couldn't wait to get back on the trail! Usual 6:30am start, although this time Lee and Kristal had pulled a sneakeroo and started on ahead of us, guess it was up to ... read more
Gettin' ready...
Camp 3

South America » Peru » Cusco » Inca Trail September 29th 2012

September 29, 2012 Starting Elevation 3000m (9842ft) 2nd Camp Elevation - Pacaymayu Alto - 3600m (11811ft) Highest Point - Dead Woman's Pass - 4215m (13828ft) Distance Travelled 11kms Well, after a surprisingly decent sleep I awoke to discover that I had NOT shaken whatever was ailing me the night before...popped whatever medication I had and joined the group for breaky, a little concerned to say the least about what was to lay ahead that day (Day 2 is considered the hardest day, with a 1200 meter ascent to the highest point of the trek-Dead Woman's Pass at 4215 meters-followed by a 600 meter descent to our next camp...). Don't recall eating much of anything at breakfast, just a bit of tea and it was off and running...our guide liked to get out early on the trail, ... read more
Lookin' Good?
Takin' a break...

South America » Peru » Cusco » Inca Trail September 28th 2012

September 28, 2012 Starting Elevation 2650m (8694ft) 1st Camp Elevation - Wayllabamba - 3000m (9842ft) Starting Elevation 3000m (9842ft) Distance Travelled 11kms And here it was, Inca Trail time! The gang woke up to a beautiful morning and everyone was fired up and ready to get started...eight of the ten of us were on the trail; Alison would hang in Cusco and meet up with us again on the last day of the trek, and Dominik was off to do the Lares trek... It was almost hard to believe I was about to start this journey; as mentioned in previous posts this had been a dream of mine for quite some time...I even had to move my trip four times before I was able to get one of the precious Inca Trail permits (the government restricts ... read more
Gettin' Ready...
Ready to Rock...
Rio Urubamba

South America » Peru » Cusco » Ollantaytambo September 27th 2012

September 27th, 2012 Elevation 2800m, 9186ft After an amazing time in Puno and Lake Titicaca it was back on a bus and heading to Cusco, launch point of the Sacred Valley and our final destination before the Inca Trail: Ollantaytambo... Took the better part of the day to get from Puno to Cusco, with a stop along the way at the highest elevation of the tour, 4338m (14232ft), hard to was a brief stop in Cusco, spent a number of days there after the Inca Trail so will talk more about it in a future post...basically arrived, got some laundry together, grabbed a bite to eat and a couple of pints and that was about it... It was this night that we first met our guide for the Inca Trail, David. Seemed very knowledgeable and ... read more
The gals...

South America » Peru » Puno » Lake Titicaca September 24th 2012

September 24th, 2012 The time had now arrived to get out and visit one of the highlights of this trip for me, Lake Titicaca! Again as mentioned in a previous blog, this place holds an almost mystical impression, and we were going to spend the better part of the day exploring it. The plan was to visit the floating reed islands of Uros, then head to Taquile for lunch and finally finishing with a homestay at Luquina Chico (was supposed to be Amantani Island but plans changed just before we departed...). So we left the hotel for the waterfront, and this time instead of a bus our guide had arranged for some Triciclos to take us to the! Basically a bicycle with a bench seat for two on the front, and thankfully for our driver ... read more
On the way out of Uros...
Woman of Uros

South America » Peru » Puno » Puno September 23rd 2012

September 23rd, 2012 Elevation 3830m, 12565ft After getting all the formalities out of the way in Lima it was now time to begin the adventures with a quick flight from Lima to Juliaca, and then on to our first stop: Puno! Gateway to Lake Titicaca, we would have three days to explore the region, including visiting the floating reed islands of Uros, the island of Taquile and a homestay with a local family, couldn't wait! Landed in Juliaca to a beautiful day, mindful that this was my first time in altitude and certainly curious as to how I was going to react...I opted not to take any altitude medication, bit of a risk but wanted to see if I could handle it on my own without the aid of pills, and for the most part I ... read more
More Tuk-Tuks...
The Gang

South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Lima September 22nd 2012

September 22nd, 2012 Holy moly, after many years of dreaming about visiting Peru the time had finally come and here I was sitting on the tarmac at Jorge Chavez Int'l Airport and realizing: "I'm in Peru!". This had been a top 3 destination of mine for many, many years and I was excited to finally be here with a laundry list of adventures awaiting me.... I was on my own this time (as the Lovely K had already been to Peru) and had opted for a G Adventures tour in order to pack in as much as possible in the two weeks I had to spend...with only one previous tour under my belt I was certainly curious as to how it was going to unfold, who I was going to meet etc., but over the course ... read more
Plaza Armas/Mayor

Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu October 20th 2011

Oct 20, 2011 Our time was up too soon in Pokhara and it was now back to Kat to hang out for a day and then catch our flight home...normally on these trips we like to splurge and get a really nice place for our last night or two but it just didn't seem right if we didn't go back and see the gang at Hotel Potala, so back to the scene of the crime it was! Haha... Managed to take in the ancient city of Patan upon our return, now a suburb of Kathmandu...same feel as Bhaktapur, but unfortunately by this time we were a little templed out so didn't enjoy it as much, but if you have time it's worth the visit (if you don't have the time I would recommend Bhaktapur over Patan). ... read more
I see you Coomby...
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