Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

Let’s clear up some of the mystery surrounding Machu Picchu. There are still lots of people who believe the only way to get there is to hike.  I’m here to tell you, you can get to Machu Picchu just about any way you want.  You can go by bus, you can go by bike, you…

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Salkantay Trek – Day 5

Salkantay Trek – Day 5

We met at 4:30 AM to begin the walk up to Machu Picchu. It was a full 45 minutes of climbing steep, stone steps in the dark before we reached the gate. If I look sweaty and tired in my pictures, it’s because I was. The entire group was hot and sweaty by the time…

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Salkantay Trek – Day 4

Salkantay Trek – Day 4

The 4th day we got to sleep in until 7:00. It had been getting progressively warmer each night and without the cooks drunken yelling we were able to sleep pretty well. It was another easy day of hiking, just 6 miles and a 1,200 foot elevation increase. We walked along the railroad tracks to Aguas…

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Salkantay Trek – Day 3

Salkantay Trek – Day 3

I woke up over and over the second night to yelling and laughing. I laid and listened. Sometimes it sounded so angry and forceful I waited for sounds of a fist fight then laughing would begin again. It continued until we were woke up the next morning. Apparently no one had gotten much sleep. After…

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Salkantay Trek – Day 2

Salkantay Trek – Day 2

The second day is the hardest day, it’s got the steepest climb which makes the 12.5 miles seem much longer. We were woken up by Reuben bringing us coca tea in our tents at 5:00 AM. Most people had been too cold to sleep much and we were all pretty groggy. We had a quick…

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Salkantay Trek – Day 1

Salkantay Trek – Day 1

A fair price is fairly elusive and so when I wanted to book a 5 day trek to Machu Picchu, I decided to shop around. I asked 8 different agencies and got a similar price from 7. The story of what you get was the same at each one so I eventually just chose one…

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Isla del Sol

Isla del Sol

No heat, no electricity and a hailstorm. After the unhappy traveller from Sweden departed, I went to find a hostel. I climbed up a rock staircase that zig-zagged up the hills above the lake and got a room right on a ledge overlooking the lake. Like almost everywhere here, there was no heat but there…

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Breakfast with an Emerald Smuggler

Breakfast with an Emerald Smuggler

In Copacabana the only place to get an early breakfast is a coffee shop called El Condor and the Eagle. This also happens to be the best breakfast in Copacabana. It has good coffee (a rarity in Bolivia) Irish soda bread and eggs. Most places just serve white bread and fruit juice. The morning I…

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