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Peru: Sacred Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

This journal is co-created by Nate and Michele. We planned our trip to Peru over Thanksgiving 2011 to celebrate our 1-year wedding anniversary and it was truly magical. We share a passion for travel and seek destinations that are both off the beaten path and which offer a winning combination of great food, beautiful scenery, adventure and amazing people. Peru did not disappoint.

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Cusco: A marriage of Spanish and Inca
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Nate Mirocha
We flew out of Cusco early in the morning to connect on a flight out of Lima and back to the States. Adventure Life made this seamless for us and provided a representative to take us to the Cusco …
Cusco: Windows perfectly aligned
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Nate Mirocha
Michele: I was very happy to take another shower in the morning (probably my sixth in the last 12 hours) and have a good breakfast at the hotel. We caught a 6 a.m. bus up to Machu Picchu to get an …
Clouds above Cusco
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Nate Mirocha
Michele: We woke up to our last breakfast with our team of porters and Augusto. A table was set up outside, overlooking the clouds. Our group wore the brightly colored and festive garments from their …
Cusco: Plaza de Armas
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Nate Mirocha
Nate: It was cold this morning until the sun rose over the mountains and showered our camp with direct light. Once packed, we set off for the first site of the day, which was visible from camp, but …
Lima: Al fresco kitchen at first dinner
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Nate Mirocha
Michele: Vidal had warned us that this was going to be the hardest trekking day but I was not at all prepared for the intensity of the trail. Our goal was to reach the first of 3 mountain passes we …
Admiring the Lima nighttime coastline
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Nate Mirocha
Michele: I have to admit I was a little nervous about this trek. We would cover over 26 miles in 4 days, with trails mostly going up or down. Nate and I both trained a little bit before the trek, by …
Lima: Illuminated cross
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Nate Mirocha
Michele: We spent the entire day touring the Sacred Valley, which is a valley in the region of Cusco and below Machu Picchu. Our itinerary was to explore some towns and sites in the valley and then …
Lima: Outdoor Miraflores gym
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Nate Mirocha
Nate: The first stop today was at Sacsawayman. Much of the site is off-limits due to preservation, exploration, and repairs. But what we could see was unbelievable. The site sits about 1,000 feet …
Lima: First clear view of Pacific Ocean
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Nate Mirocha
Michele: We took a short, early morning flight to Cusco and were welcomed at the airport by our Peruvian guide, Vidal, and driver, Roger. We were dropped off at our hotel, Casa Andina Catedral, …
Lima: Miraflores coast
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Nate Mirocha
Michele: We arrived in Lima from Chicago (via Miami) at 7:00 on a misty, overcast Sunday morning. Lima is a sprawling city of 9 million, situated on a desert coast next to the Pacific Ocean. We …

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