2019 Sacred Valley Trek – Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu and back to Cusco
We’ve had a few excellent days here in Peru to end the trip. After arriving to Urubamba at our lodge near Ollantaytambo we had an excellent morning viewing the Temple and Inkan sites of Ollantaytambo. The following morning we took the train to Aguas Calientes, the town just below Machu Picchu and checked into our amazing hotel in the jungle. The following morning we were finally heading up to the incredible city of Machu Picchu. After our morning tour most of the team climbed up Huayna Picchu to get a great view of Machu Picchu about 1,200ft below. After thoroughly exploring and enjoying Machu Picchu we took the Bus back to Aguas Calientes for the afternoon and our last dinner together in Peru. This was a great group of people with many fun memories throughout the last 10 days. Thanks for following along and we hope you will join us next year on this incredible journey in Peru!
2019 Sacred Valley Trek – Hiking to Ollantaytambo
Yesterday we had some rain and snow as we woke up at Huacahuasi lodge, and decided to alter our plans of a long hike to a shorter hike. It was a good idea, as we had rain most of the day. After hiking we had a cooking class back at the lodge, making Causa rellena for our appetizer for lunch. The next morning we had another long hike to our current lodge in Urubamba. I think it was our most beautiful hike yet with our highest pass (over 14,500ft) down into a valley just above Ollantaytambo. We finished off the day stopping at a local brewery, and then to our lodge where we had a non traditional but very welcomed dinner of wood fired pizza. Tomorrow we will be visiting Ollantaytambo and some Incan sites before boarding the train to Aguas Calientes at the base of Machu Picchu.
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2019 Sacred Valley Trek – Lamay to Huacahuasi
We’ve had a great couple of days here in Peru. We have seen many archeological sites from the Inkas as well as terraces and houses that were pre-Inkan. Each day we’ve had some interesting hiking while visiting sites and seeing beautiful vistas from high mountain passes. Yesterday we hiked above 14,200ft and today we went up to 13,800ft and then dropped down to our beautiful lodge at 12,500ft. Each room has a patio with its own Jacuzzi and the dining room has almost floor to ceiling windows with beautiful views down the valley and looking down on the small remote village of Huacahuasi. Tomorrow we’ve got our longest hike of the trip and will return back to the same lodge. Everyone continues to do very well with the altitude. Thanks for following along, more pictures to come tomorrow.
2019 Sacred Valley Trek – Chincheros to Lamay
Today we drove out of Cusco and headed to the village of Chincheros at an altitude of 12,500ft. After watching a demonstration of local women weaving textiles we viewed some Incan terraces and then put on our packs for a few hour hike down 2,500ft to the Sacred Valley. It was a beautiful hike down through a canyon to the Urubamba River. We loaded back up in the van for a short drive to the incredible lodge at Lamay at around 9,700ft, the lowest elevation we’ve been at since landing in Cusco. The afternoon was spent relaxing at the lodge before dinner with appetizers around a gas fire in the lodge. The dinner tonight was excellent, and we are all heading off to bed with full stomachs looking forward to another incredible day in Peru.
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2019 Sacred Valley Trek Begins
Our team is all here in Cusco, and ready to begin this fantastic trek and cultural trip through the Sacred Valley of the Incas and all the way to Machu Picchu. Today we had a fun tour of Cusco city, once the capital of the Inca. We toured the amazing ruins of Sacsayhuamán, the market, the Basilica, and finished with the Temple of the sun or Coricancha. We had beautiful weather up until we reached the hotel and then started raining. It’s been a great day though and everyone is doing well with the altitude. Cusco sits at around 11,200 ft and you can feel it when you step off the plane. Tomorrow we begin the trip, leaving Cusco for the Sacred Valley. I will update you tomorrow with our progress and the amazing sites we will be seeing over the next week.
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Javier was brilliant and superb! And Anna was wonderful! Best guide combo we’ve encountered. . . Big kudos to you and AAI!