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Cachiccata Trek and Machu Picchu
Peggy and Edwin
Peter and Peggy's Cachiccata trek and Machu Picchu.
Toronto to Lima
The start of a journey we had postponed from last year. We had decided to hike the Cachicata trail as it is less traveled and more remote and it turned out to be the most fabulous hike we've been on.
Lima to Cusco
Overnight was a blur as we arrived in Lima at 12:30 am. Slept some in the airport but mostly not. Our connecting flight arrived in Cusco at 6:45am and we were met by Willie, our driver and Edwin, our most amazing guide.
After a quick breakfast, no time to waste, it was off to see the sights of Cusco. The peruvians make in our opinion the best …
Sacred Valley sights.
We never realized that there were so many Inca ruins or that their empire was so large. It made us sad to realize how much of their culture and history is lost forever.
Saw Pucapucara, Tambomachay, Pisac, Moray and Saqsayhuaman, a dizzying day with lots to take in.
Day 1 of the trek
Up early. It was mothers day so Peggy got the royal treatment with a rose and confetti from Edwin. It was so exciting when we finally started to hike. We are in our glory.
Passed through Socma village. The day was warm and sunny and everyone was in such great spirits. Stopped for lunch at 12:30. We felt so spoiled as this was not the kind …
To the top and beyond
Up at 5:45am and the guys brought us some nice hot tea and then on to breakfast. Another beautiful day. At around 7:00am Victor arrived out of nowhere and played and his harp and sang some traditional Peruvian folk songs.No sooner had he arrived than he was gone. At about 12:30 we reached our highest elevation at 14,511 feet. What a view! Reached …
Down from the top
Up at 6:00, more tea and another fabulous breakfast. The porters are unbelievable. We leave before they do and then later they would pass us on the trail and have everything set up again when we get to the next stop. We have 5 llamas and 5 horses to carry everything. At night they just let them graze and rest and then run around in the morning to …
Off to Mach Picchu
Up early and got picked up for our trip by train to Aguas Calientes and Mach Picchu. Checked in to the Mapi hotel. Wow! what a room. Off to the famous site where we spent the next 6 hours in awe at all that we saw. Can't imagine how all this was built. Words can't describe its beauty and size. You have to be there. Got our passport stamped as a …
Back to Cusco.
On the way back to Cusco we stopped at a weavers co-op where local women are preserving the art of producing hand woven fabric made from llama and alpaca. Its all spun by hand and dyed using all natural ingredients such as plants and dried beetles and crushed minerals. They are such fabulous artisans. Arrived late to the hotel but still had time …
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