Tag: Machu Picchu

2019 TAPS Team Explores Cusco!

Hola friends, family and loved ones! We had a great day in Cusco checking out the sights and sounds of the city. We visited several significant Inca ruins and started to learn about their culture and history. Look at the … Continue reading

Cusco Day 2: More Sightseeing + Delicious Food

Hi Folks, Today was our second day in Cusco and we were excited to get out and tour the city. After a ridiculously good breakfast at El Retablo that featured everything from traditional Peruvian grains and granolas to crepes, we … Continue reading

Machu Picchu Lodge Trek Team #2 (Pampas Pumas) treks from Wayra to Collpa Lodge, through the cloud forest!

Today team Pampas Pumas left the beautiful Wayra lodge with clear skies and clear views of Humantay Peak. We hiked to a local farmers home and learned about the way of life high in the Andes, and played with perhaps the cutest puppy in Peru. Our trek today led us down out of the alpine […]

Machu Picchu Lodge Trek Team #2 (Pampas Pumas) treks over Salkantay Pass!

Today, our recently named team ‘Pampas Pumas’ left the beautiful Salkantay Lodge and made our way up and over Salkantay pass! It was a chilly morning, but we had clear skies and a expansive view of the mountain in front of us to encourage us as we hike up a few thousand feet to 15,213 ft./4,638 […]

Machu Picchu Lodge Trek Team #2: Day Hike to Lake Humantay!

Today our team took an acclimitization day hike to Lake Humantay(4,221m), fed by the glaciers of Humantay peak (5,917m.) This is one of the most beautiful lakes I have ever seen in the alpine, with many shades of blues and greens, reflecting the snow capped peak above. We we had a visit with a Q’ero […]

Machu Picchu Lodge Trek Team #2: Let the Trek begin!

Today our team began our Journey toward Machu Picchu on the Salkantay trek. We stared our by driving alone windy mountainous roads to the village of Limatambo, where we visited the Inca site of Tarawasi which is named after a medicinal red flower. Our next stop was at a farm that will eventually supply the lodges […]

Machu Picchu Lodge Trek Team #2 Meets in Cusco!

Hello friends and family! Our second Machu Picchu Lodge Trek team arrived in Cusco over the past few days and today we all gathered for a tour of the ‘Navel of the World,’ Cusco city. Cusco is a fascinating city, from its Inca heritage to it’s Spanish influence, the history of the city is visible […]

Machu Picchu Lodge Trek (Team Muchos Piscos) travels back to Cusco!

The final day of our Machu Picchu Lodge Trek brings us full circle, back to Cusco! Today we enjoyed a relaxed morning at Inkaterra, where they offer nature programs like bird watching and orchid viewing tours along with checking out the endangered Peruvian speckled bear. After another delicious lunch we boarded the PeruRail train and […]

Machu Pichu Lodge Trek (Team Muchos Piscos) takes a day hike to Lake Humantay, with a special surprise

Hello friends and family! As part of our acclimatization to the high altitude on our trek we are spending two nights at the Salkantay Lodge. Today we enjoyed a day hike that brought us up to Lake Humantay ( 14,000 ft/4,221 m ) which rests below a glacier on Humantay peak. Humantay peak is one […]

Machu Pichu Lodge Trek (Team Muchos Piscos) begins the Salcantay Trek!

Today was a very exciting day for our Peru Trekking team for a few reasons. First, we decided on our team name and I would like to introduce; Team Muchos Piscos! * Second, and more importantly we started our journey on the Salkantay trek. We had a few folks feeling under the weather so they […]

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