The Trip of a Lifetime Part 1 – Peru

The plan was for my daughter, husband and I to go to Peru and hike the Inca Trail. For any of you who have, or have had, or have been a 13 year old girl, you know that they can’t do ANYTHING without a partner. So the plan changed to include another 13 year old girl. In order to hike the Inca Trail, you need to have a certain level of fitness.  No problem for my husband and I.  We’re runners.  My daughter was playing soccer at the time, so she also was somewhat fit.  Her friend wasn’t fit at all, and we knew this.  Every weekend for months before the Peru trip, we had both girls, and sometimes additional girls out hiking.

We flew from Atlanta, to Lima.  6 hour flight: not too bad.  We arrived at the same time as a ‘Famous’ rock group…Placebo.  Ever heard of them?  Yeah, me neither.  But there were many screaming fans awaiting their midnight arrival.

Our only view of Lima, Peru

Our only view of Lima, Peru

We took a taxi to a hotel, and a few hours later, a taxi back to the airport for the flight to Cusco.

Cusco-PeruAn hour in Cusco, and we were off in a van to the start of the Inca Trail.

Peruvian countryside.  On the drive to the start of the Inca Trail

Peruvian countryside. On the drive to the start of the Inca Trail

We arrived at the trail…ready to hike!

At the Start of the Inca Trail - Ready to Hike!

At the Start of the Inca Trail – Ready to Hike!

We hiked for hours amid the Incan ruins, and the Andes Mountains.  It was beautiful.

Our 1st hour of hiking on the Inca Trail

Our 1st hour of hiking on the Inca Trail

The start of the Inca Trail

The start of the Inca Trail

Incan Ruins as seen from the Inca Trail

Incan Ruins as seen from the Inca Trail

Although we aren’t campers, the only way to get to Machu Pichu while hiking the Inca Trail was via a three day hike (camping included).  We had a guide, and porters to carry everything but our backpacks.  Word of warning:  don’t pack too much in your backpack!

Porters to carry tents, sleeping bags, food, cooking paraphernalia...

Porters to carry tents, sleeping bags, food, cooking paraphernalia…

The first night, we stayed in the yard of someone’s house (for a fee).  The house was part of a small settlement right off the trail.  The ‘facilities’ were a single hole in the ground with a board over it to prevent slipping.

Our first night's lodging was in tents behind this house

Our first night’s lodging was in tents behind this house

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4 thoughts on “The Trip of a Lifetime Part 1 – Peru

  1. lilykingtaylor

    This looks incredible! I’m hoping to do something similar in a couple of months,ion currently traveling around South America and its great to get tips from similar travellers! You might be interested in my blog, check it out if you have the time (www.kinglilith.wordpress.com).
    Anyway keep it up!

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  2. Nick Fox

    This looks great, Rebecca. It’s getting me excited about hitting the road this summer. Keep up the good work. And thanks for the lovely comment.

    All the best,

    Nick Fox

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