Hiking to the ruins
Author
Chris Stanford
I'd been kind of dreading the next leg of the trip – an all day bus ride from Cuzco to Puno. But it turned out to be a wonderful day. The bus was nice and it made several stops to see visit …
Sandoval Lake lodge
Author
Kristen Kidder
I have been looking forward to this day since we booked the trip – whitewater rafting! Cory seems to have recovered fully, and we both have a good laugh recounting the night’s …
the River Beni in Rurrenabaque
Author
Claudia Coplan
Porque mis compañeros se fueron, pasé el resto de mi tiempo en Chalalán con Richard, mi guía. Hablabamos español. Pasamos todo el día en la selva. Vimos …
More cuteness
Author
Kassandra Miller
We catch an early bus to Puno this morning. Ashley and I barely have enough time to grab some pastries at the hotel as we were betting on the transfer driver being late. Instead, he shows up early! …
Time For Ice Cream, Arequipa
Author
Charles Anderson
The next morning we awoke early. The plan was to visit the ruins of Ollantaytambo before the crowds arrived and watch the sun rise over the mountain peaks. Kudos to Santiago! The morning air was …
Not just children are carried on backs, but almost anything
Author
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 …
Beautifully framed doorway
Author
Chris Stanford
We head up to Machu Picchu early in the morning to beat the crowds. Machu Picchu is one of those special and mysterious places that is difficult to describe – I certainly can't do it justice …
The Amazon Awaits Our Arrival
Author
Kristen Kidder
I’m slightly apprehensive as we land in Cusco. Even though we’ve only been on the ground for a short time, I can already sense the abrupt change in sea level. And although Cory was able …
My impromptu transportation to the boat to Chalalan
Author
Claudia Coplan
Caminamos casi todo el día hoy. Estoy fascinada con el hecho que todo está relacionada al uno al otro. Supe antes, pero para ver esto con mis ojos es un regalo. Los árboles, …
Machu Picchu
Author
Kassandra Miller
We meet Vidal and the group early to beat the crowds at the ruins. Some of our group have already gone up to hike Huayna Picchu. They had to get up at 3:30 AM to grab one of the limited number of …
Alpaca Outlet, Arequipa
Author
Charles Anderson
This day definitely stood out as one of the highlights of the trip. Santiago and our driver picked us up at the hotel and we headed to the Sacred Valley. Although Cusco was considered the capital …
Ruins just outside of Ollantaytambo
Author
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, …
Pisac caught in the waning light
Author
Madeline Jones
We woke up a little later on our last day and enjoyed a leisurely breakfast. Everyone repacked their bags and chose the outfit they would be wearing for the next 36 hours. Teddy met us at the hotel …
View from above Sacsayhuaman
Author
Chris Stanford
Change of plans. Vidal asks the group if, instead of the planned hike, we would like to go straight to Aguas Calientes and have an extra afternoon to explore Machu Picchu. Being flexible and …
In the jungle together
Author
Kristen Kidder
Today was the earliest morning of them all – a 4am wake-up call for bird watching! We’re all so sleepy that we barely speak as Saul paddles us to land, but once we reach solid ground …
bananas on a van in Rurrenabaque
Author
Claudia Coplan
El hombre que me dijo que me recogería para ir al rio para ir en la canoa al Chalalán no vino. Un hombre que trabajaba en el hotel me dijo que el me conduciría al rio, pero su …
Vidal goes on his own
Author
Kassandra Miller
Normally, the Manco Multisport trip has an extra day of hiking today, but we were all tired and just wanted to get to Aguas Calientes. Vidal suggested that we skip the hiking trip to Patallacta and …
La Compania, Arequipa
Author
Charles Anderson
The next morning after breakfast, we drove to the bus station and said goodbye to our good friend Carlos. A special bond is formed between a good guide in a far-away land and it is always sad to …
The people represent their tribes by wearing different hats
Author
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 …
A civilzied lunch picnic
Author
Madeline Jones
We were up at six today to try to beat the crowds to Machu Picchu. This is a futile task as thousands of people flock to Aguas Calientes early every morning to see the site but we were hoping to …
Mellody on the rock slide at Sacsayhuaman
Author
Chris Stanford
After a night camping out, we were treated to breakfast al fresca complete with a birthday cake in honor of one our fellow travelers. Then it was off to the jumping off point for a hike on one of …
Sandoval Lake staff running with the luggage
Author
Kristen Kidder
We’ve been at the Lodge less than 24 hours and already we feel like pros. The routine is easy to master: pre-dawn outing, breakfast, free time, late morning outing, lunch, more free time, …
Gerardo
Author
Stephanie & Craig Smith
As we arrived at the Shiripuno Lodge by kayak after paddling 31 kilometers in a single day, the rustic accommodations even seemed luxurious. The lodge consisted of several wood plank buildings with …
the airport in Rurrenabaque
Author
Claudia Coplan
Esta mañana volé de La Paz hasta Rurrenabaque, el pueblo en el Rio Beni, para ir al Ecolodge Chalalán en el Parque Nacional Madidi, donde pasaré 4 días. A mi me …