Peru, May 2, 2013: Machu Picchu Our final day on the trail began with a 3:30am wakeup and a 4:00am breakfast of banana crepes drizzled with caramel, toast and tea – our last meal prepared by the porters/culinary wizards who had fed us and kept us comfortable for the last three days. By 4:45am we were lined up along the trail in the dark, awaiting our turn to pass through […]

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Peru, May 1, 2013: The Inca Trail, Day 3 Our third day on the trail began with another dose of tent-side tea and hot water to clean up with. We were at a lower altitude than we were the previous night, which meant warmer sleeping conditions. It had also rained during the night (our only rain during the whole trip), which made snuggling in the sleeping bag extra cozy. For breakfast […]

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Peru, April 30, 2013: The Inca Trail, Day 2 Day two on the Inca trail began with a 6:00am wake-up. The porters greeted us with a tent-side tea service and a bowl of warm water, a pleasant way to welcome the cool morning. After dressing and packing the group assembled in the dining tent for another rib-sticking meal. This time the menu included peach stuffed pancakes, oatmeal, toast and jam. […]

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Peru, April 29, 2013: The Inca Trail, Day 1 Our Inca Trail adventure began with an early morning wakeup and a 4:00am rendezvous with our trail guide, Edgar, in the hotel lobby. He led us down to the intersection of two main roads in old town Cusco, where we awaited the arrival of our bus, huddling close to keep warm in the chilly morning air. Thankfully the two-hour bus ride […]

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