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Sharma Hikes Peru's Famed Inca Trail

This was my second time in Lima. The arrival was much more comfortable than my arrival a few years ago -- an Adventure Life representative met us at the airport, whisked the luggage out of our hands, and maneuvered us calmly through the throngs.

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We had a wonderful last day with Vidal. The three of us took a taxi to some ruins outside of the town and then meandered down the mountains and through more ruins, ending up at famous Sacsayhuaman. …
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Whether you go with the Inca Trail (highly, highly recommended) or with the train, you won't be disappointed. And if you go with Adventure Life, I can guarantee that it will be a comfortable ride …
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The ruins were amazing. Everyone's familiar with them. Perhaps that's why I gushed so heavily about my experiences outside of Machu Picchu -- those are the days that people know so little about. But …
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On the third day, my dear brother, feeling guilty for charging ahead so relentlessly, doubled back to walk with his slower, dumpier sibling. It was a great time for us to be together -- the further …
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Once I was on the trail, my worries faded. It was a blast to be out in the Andes, hanging out with Vidal and my bro and telling jokes and kicking stones as we walked. The first day was easy, the …
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We stretched our legs a bit this day, doing a hike through the Salt Mines. These are large squares terraced down the side of a steep mountain, and they are filled with a white, grimy liquid that …
A local child of Peru
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Sharma Shields
In Cusco, the hotel was El Balcon, which is probably my favorite hotel in the history of hotels I’ve ever stayed in. It has an airy courtyard and comfy, personalized rooms. The service is …
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The bus ride was supposed to be nine hours long, but the driving, itself, was minimal. We stopped to tour an Inca site and a cathedral that had once been an Inca stronghold, and we ate a whopping …
Machu Picchu
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Sharma Shields
The next day, we visited Taquile Island, where the stone walkways and scintillating views reminded me of the Mediterranean. An English man in our group commented, "This is going to be a resort …
Relaxing
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Sharma Shields
The next day, we woke with an eagerness for more ham, eggs, fruits and Peruvian coffee. After quaffing our fill, we loaded into a cart attached to a bicycle and hurtled through the streets of Puno. …
Locals of Peru
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Sharma Shields
Breakfast at El Carmel was in a pleasant, cool nook, and we loaded up on eggs, hams, fruits and, of course, rich Peruvian coffee. I drank so much that I had the jitters on the plane to Juliaca (Lake …
A local woman near the islands
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Sharma Shields
This was my second time in Lima, possibly the least attractive city in Latin America. The arrival was much more comfortable than my arrival a few years ago -- an Adventure Life representative met us …

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