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Magical Machu Picchu

Chronicle of our four person journey to and on the Inca Trail which culminated in a romantic proposal at Machu Picchu to which I said YES!!!

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Inca Bridge
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Kristine Kyllander
Our travel day home was a long one - more than 24 hours from the time we left our hotel in Cusco to the time our plane landed in California. Most of that time was spent reminiscing on our favorite …
Romantic Machu Picchu
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Kristine Kyllander
After an early night, we were waiting at the entrance gates to Machu Picchu when they opened at 6 am. There were about 30 or so people in line in front of us, but because we knew where we were going …
Valley view from Winay Wayna
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Kristine Kyllander
Day three ended and Day four began with all of us awake listening to a symphony of frogs. Apparently these particular frogs are tiny and transparent so they overcompensate your inability to see them …
Above cloud 9
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Kristine Kyllander
The first portion of the hike on day 3 was a pretty sharp incline, significantly shorter in duration than day 2 but I had thought all of the climbing was behind me and was exhausted before we reached …
Working the Gringo Killer
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Kristine Kyllander
In Tim's words ''This is no joke!'' The hiking on day two was difficult made more so by the fact that we didn't really get much sleep our first night in our tents. We all had …
The Crew
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Kristine Kyllander
I was a bundle of nerves and excitement as this day began. Had we physically prepared enough? Had we packed correctly? Would I starve, or worse, get sick on the trail? Could I make it four days …
Sacred Valley Picnic - Note the Chairs
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Kristine Kyllander
Today we left Cusco to journey to the Sacred Valley and ultimately Ollaytatambo. It is impossible to comment about the drive out of Cusco without mentioning the plethora of stray dogs that seem to …
Sacred River
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Kristine Kyllander
This was a super fun day and we're all glad that it was a part of our trip. Our rafting guide - Alexander - met up with us the night before to do a little prep and go over what we needed to bring …
Ruins in the Sacred Valley
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Kristine Kyllander
On this morning we headed to the airport for the short (just over an hour) internal flight to Cusco. There were some amazing views of the Andes from the plane window and upon arrival in Cusco we were …
La Catedral
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Kristine Kyllander
We had no pre-set plans or arrangements for our time in Lima so we had decided to stay within walking distance of our hotel and just explore. The weather was typical for Lima with mild temperatures …
The Convent
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Kristine Kyllander
This trip was a lot of firsts for me. First time in South America, first time traveling with my boyfriend (Tim), first time traveling with my brother (Bryan) and his wife (Bridget), and first time …

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