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.
We took a taxi to a hotel, and a few hours later, a taxi back to the airport for the flight to Cusco.
We arrived at the trail…ready to hike!
We hiked for hours amid the Incan ruins, and the Andes Mountains. It was beautiful.
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!
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.