Last month I hiked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. This has been on my bucket list since I saw Matt Lauer ( yes, creep now) there in 2001. I found a cheap flight to Lima and booked the trip about a month before leaving.
We, I went with a friend, Laine, landed in Lima at midnight and went straight to the hotel in Miraflores. The next day we explored Lima and then had a meeting with G Adventures, the tour group we booked for this trip. We meet most of the group we would be spent the week with and had a great dinner with Jim from NYC, and Jordan and Jane from the UK.
The next morning we met in the lobby at 6 am for a van to the airport. Our flight was delayed hours. By the time we arrived in Cusco we all needed food. The Plaza De Armas is beautiful! Cusco is at 11,000 feet of elevation and I was short of breath walking up the hills in the city.
After eating we went to the G Adventures office for a meeting about what to expect the next few days and to rent our sleeping bag, mats and poles. The porters are allowed to carry 6 kilos or our personal items. The sleeping bag and mat are about 2.5 kilos. We were given a duffel bag for our stuff. I had to down size much of what I thought I could bring. We would be leaving all our luggage in Cusco and not returning there until after the hike. This was a day longer than I had anticipated. You need 5 days of trail clothes, not 4.
The next morning we drove by van to The Inca Sacred Valley. We spent the drive getting to know each other. The valley is breath-taking.
We also stopped at a women’s weaving community that is supported by G Adventures. I purchased a beautiful scarf here.
We then traveled to the Inca Pisac ruins. These ruins were amazing.
We stopped for lunch at another G Adventure supported restaurant and the food was excellent.
We then made our way to Ollantaytambo, where we would spent our last night in a bed. Sorry for the long post. Tomorrow we start the TRAIL!