Machu Pichu via Inca Trail

Trip Start Aug 15, 2007
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Trip End Dec 30, 2008


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Casa Andina Koricancha (overpriced at 100 USD a nite but solid)

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Saturday, November 24, 2007

Good News:  Peru rocks - I arrived into Cuzco a few days after Thanksgiving with Craig Fairfield, a good buddy from business school.

We´re in Peru for about 10 days:
-3 days hanging in Cuzco which is a sweet little city nestled amidst the Peruvian Andes.
-4 days hiking the Inca Trail to Maccu Piccu, which is truly an unforgettable experience arriving into a majestic and reality-defying place
-3 days in the Peruvian Amazon (Sandoval Lodge in Tampobata Nature Reserve)

THE PICTURES HERE ARE ALL FROM THE INCA TRAIL- which is the highlite of Peru and is a remarkable place. Words cannot describe the 4 day Trail and the ruins of Machu Pichu are impossible to capture in foto, though I´ve selected some shots to give an overview of this marvelous place. Craig is the 6´8" former Yale basketball star & outdoorsman extraordinairre who towers over me in the photographs. The other individuals are travelers (and now friends) who were part of our group expedition.

Some Peru Basics:
-28 million people & 2/3 of country is amazon jungle,
-Alejandro Toledo, whose presidency recently ended, was Peru´s first president of indiginous descent. The son of a shoe cobbler who was taught in elementary school by Peace Corps Volunteers and later attended Harvard & Stanford, he is an anomaly of upward mobility in this generally poor country.

CUZCO is where we started our trip. Its the ancient inca capital which gave way to Lima, which the Spanish invaders created as their capital. At 11k feet elevation, this is a very relaxed, cool, picturesque town with lush green hills and catedrals and temples for sun worship (fotos pending).

We set off on the INCA TRAIL. The Incas were into Sun worship and no one is sure why they created Maccu Piccu, but historians think it was to create an untouchable place whose spiritual purity wouldn´t be tarnished by human impact. Though the Spanish invaded Peru in the 1500´s, they never found Maccu Piccu.  It was discovered by a Yale historian in 1911. The Inca Trail is 4 days  hiking a total of 26 miles total with 3 peaks - this highest at 13,980 (which is Dead Women´s Pass on day 2). Its a pretty grueling hike (6.5 miles first 2 days, 9 & 4 for day 3 and 4, respectively. Day 2 has 4800 feet in elevation gain!).

THIS IS A MUST VISIT!
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loisarnold1
loisarnold1 on

Peru
Hey, Akbar --- nice pix of you. Are you in Peru or is there just a placeholder? It looks like your arrived Nov 23.

dhennekes
dhennekes on

Cool trip and pictures, Akbar
Send some good pictures when you finish the Inca Trail - truly one of the most amazing treks to a different civilization that I've ever embarked on.

akbar
akbar on

Re: Peru
yeah, in peru - start the inca trail tomorrow. no pictures yet but after the hike... i miss u lois

ernieliang
ernieliang on

Oli misses you
Please call him. He needs his fix.

koehlers
koehlers on

Yeah right
... don't miss Akbar, but the traveling bit. Anybody got a job for me? If not, I'll be joining this blog again shortly....

holcher
holcher on

Having fun yet?
Akbar, have you run into any Gator's or Gator fans so far while in Peru and Chile? DC is COLD right now, FYI... will check out all your pictures soon.

phowley
phowley on

Jealousy factor...
...peaked while reviewing this entry. Looks like noplace else on earth! Don't hurry back to the business world.

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