My Travel to Peru and Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu Travel Part I
I spent the holidays in Peru hiking the Inca Trail. What an incredible life experience, although one of the hardest things I've ever done. The trip started off great, after I was upgraded to first class for no apparent reason from NYC. Little did I know how much I
would need that luxury given what was to come...
Abby and I spent the first day in Lima walking around a district called
Miraflores, which is surprisingly like Santa Monica, since it sits on the ocean with a shopping center reminiscent of the 3rd Street Promenade.
It is also surrounded by Playa Redondo, San Pedro and San Francisco. We met up with our tour group that evening, where I received 2 pieces of exciting news:
1) We were going to get an extra shower on the third day of the hike
(I thought we had to wait for four days) and
2) Half of the group smoked, which means I had a shot of not being the worst hiker in the group.
Everyone was excited as well as nervous and we all got to know each other over Pisco Sours, the local traditional drink. There were 4 Americans, 4 Brits, 2 New Zealanders, 1 Canadian and 1 Australian.
We then traveled to Cusco, which is only a 1 hour flight, but a seven hour drive (we flew) and is 11,000 ft above sea level.
We drank a ton of Mati(Tea) de Coca, which is recommended to combat the effects of altitude sickness. We chilled all day in Cusco and took it easy to adjust to the altitude. On my 33rd Birthday (Christmas Eve), we traveled to Ollantaytambo, which is the beginning of the Inca Trail, starting at KM 82.
We did some light hiking, went to a local market, saw some ruins and spent the night in a local lodge. The group was already close and surprised me a birthday cake after a terrible Christmas Dinner.