Machu-Picchu

We woke up at 2 AM to get out spot in line  to be one of the first people to see Machu Picchu in the early morning light. As most people from other groups tried to sleep our group was up singing and dancing to old 80’s songs. We probably drove everyone else crazy. At 3:30 AM we were allowed to pass the checkpoint. After 3 grueling days we would be rewarded. This post again has tons of pictures and not much info. If you have questions leave…

Inca-Trail-Day-3

After a grueling second day, when you go with Llama Path as your tour guides, the third day is relatively easy and short. I think it was about 5 miles and took just a few hours. The 3rd day was my favorite day by far. We started high up in the Andes and wondered through the cloud forest. This post will mostly be pictures from the Inca Trail.

Inca-Trail-Day-1

After spending a few days in Lake Titicaca and Cusco it was finally time to start our hike to Machu Picchu. We weren’t sure what to expect. We had heard a million different stories and opinions about the difficulty of the hike. When I first got to Peru my only concern was the altitude, but I hadn’t had problems in Lake Titicaca which was higher, so I became more and more confident as the days got closer.

Lake-Titicaca

After 24 long flying hours I had finally arrived in the small town Julicia, Peru. I didn’t know what to expect, from the air Lima looked like a typical South American style city, but Julicia looked completely different. Half built buildings, dust, cars honking, and dogs running through the street. I thought to myself maybe Peru was more like India than I anticipated. As we got a cab (15 soles per person) and headed on our journey which would take about 45 minutes to the small town of…

Chiclayo-Peru

As I sat on an overnight bus that I boarded in Lima, Peru, I wondered what the next three months of my life would entail. I was headed to the northern Peruvian city, Chiclayo, to work at a local school and university, Juan Mejia Baca. I didn’t know much about the city before I got there, so I was anxious to arrive and delve into the culture. After about a month here, I’m already falling in love with the people, the culture, and the food. I’ve had some…