Jul 19 2009

Alternative Inka Trail to Machu Picchu

Bodhi

The pictures tell the story. That and we have to leave to catch a bus to Lima..

In brief: It was a 4 day journey. 1 day of downhill mountain biking, and 3 of walking, trekking, learning. We stayed in little “pueblos” in hostels along the way. Our group had 4 Brasileros, 4 Colombianos, and 2 Americanos ;) Our guide was pretty cool, and shared a good bit about Inkans with us and also the modern day situations of the people that live in these places and what life is like for them. We hiked on some original Inka Trails (cool!) and also roads and railroad tracks. The day we saw Machu Picchu, we were lucky enough (i.e. smart enough) to get one of the highly sought after 400 daily allotted tickets to allow entrance to hike up Wayna Picchu. This is the crazy spire of a mountain you see in the background of all the famous pics of Machu Picchu. That is one helluva hike! It’s basically straight up. Those crazy Incas really liked building things way high in the sky.

Lining up to get going on the bikes

Lining up to get going on the bikes

So fun..it should look familiar because the experience was a little like the Death Road ride in Bolivia!

So fun..it should look familiar because the experience was a little like the Death Road ride in Bolivia!

The scenery from the ride

The scenery from the ride

Down the valley..I loved seeing this sort of thing every day

Down the valley..I loved seeing this sort of thing every day

The 2 stripes of the seed goo (used as a dye for fabrics by the Incas, among other things) signifies "taken"

The 2 stripes of the seed goo (used as a dye for fabrics by the Incas, among other things) signifies "taken"

¡Camino del Inka!

¡Camino del Inka!

A nice food and rest stop along the way with the family who lives on the steep mountainside

A nice food and rest stop along the way with the family who lives on the steep mountainside

More valley we were trekking through..this is the sacred Wilcamayu river (now "Urubamba")

More valley we were trekking through..this is the sacred Wilcamayu river (now "Urubamba")

The kind of stuff we were hiking on sometimes.  Don't look down!

The kind of stuff we were hiking on sometimes. Don't look down!

Beautiful

Beautiful

End of the day..so tired! We worked hard for this picture, hiking all the way back up to the Guard House to get the view.  Worth it!

End of the day..so tired! We worked hard for this picture, hiking all the way back up to the Guard House to get the view. Worth it!

So many more pics to follow! We have to leave now to catch the bus, and the computer “no funciona” so that’s that. Chau!


Jul 13 2009

I heart Incas

Monica

We arrived in Cuzco, Peru on Saturday night (11th) after a few beautiful and sunny days on Lake Titicaca. Cuzco holds a special place in my heart as I was here last year with great people and to now share it with Bodhi makes it that much more special. We arrived in time for dinner and really I think it was one of my favorite nights of the trip. We found a gem of a hostel in the San Blas area of Cuzco with a view overlooking the entire city. We sat in the window seal for a long time just amazed at how things just fall into place. We are going to spend a few days exploring Cuzco and the Sacred Valley before starting our four day trek/bike to Manchu Pichu on Wed.

I´m bringing leg warmers back.

I´m bringing leg warmers back.

Capturing a sunset over Lake Ticicaca

Capturing a sunset over Lake Ticicaca