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Gosh Papa!!!

An unforgettable adventure as we navigated the cobbled streets of Cusco, climbed to the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu, and plunged ourselves into a culture that defines hospitality.

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View from third base camp
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Jeffery Anttila
All I could think about on our long flights back to the U.S. were of my times in Peru. The people, our guide Ayul, our porters, the Canadians had all made an impact on my life in ways I still do not …
Morning sunrise at base camp three
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Jeffery Anttila
Already missing the synthetic housing I called home on the trail, I awoke in the comforts of a soft bed and hot shower. The pleasures of modern conveniences were all there, however lacked the …
On top of Dead Woman's Pass, 14,000 feet
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Jeffery Anttila
Although the temperatures dropped to below freezing last night, Kelly and I were bundled away in our sleeping bags, like caterpillars within their cocoons. However, instead of emerging as …
Porters getting ready to leave for the first day of the hike
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Jeffery Anttila
We slept like newborn babes that night, only to awake to the sweet sound of cocoa tea being poured just outside our tent. “Gosh papa!” A Quechua phrase we heard Ayul say over and over …
Not just children are carried on backs, but almost anything
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Jeffery Anttila
Warmiwanusca is what the indigenous people call this behemoth of a climb, but better known to tourists as “Dead Woman’s Pass.” Towering close to 14,000 feet, we would ascend from …
Ruins just outside of Ollantaytambo
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Jeffery Anttila
We awoke early and had our bags in the lobby by 7:00 a.m. The Canadians were already eating breakfast when we entered the lounge, so we quickly joined them and ate a delicious meal of eggs, fruit, …
The people represent their tribes by wearing different hats
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Jeffery Anttila
Leaving Cusco, it took us nearly five hours to reach the small town of Ollantaytambo, which would be our last hotel stay before our four-day hike up the Inca trail to famous ruins of Machu Picchu. We …
An alleyway in Ollantaytambo, most looked like this.
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Jeffery Anttila
We awoke early to a nice continental breakfast supplied by the hotel staff, spread out before us of varying treats, breads, meats, and poultry products. I had a cup of the local coffee, which poured …
Babies and children were carried on the backs using textiles
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Jeffery Anttila
Our sleep was brief, and our flight to Cusco was even shorter. Surprisingly I slept for a bit of the ride, I accused Kelly of drugging me but she swore she didn’t. It was a beautiful flight in, …
Plaza de las armas, Cusco, popular place to hang out
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Jeffery Anttila
Today we take flight to Peru! We are quite excited as we both have been working and studying immensely, and desperately desire to go somewhere else in the world and forget ourselves. With a short …

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