Six days of trekking to Choquequirao and Machu Picchu, ending with a visit to Machu Picchu on the seventh day.

Wonderous Machu Picchu

August 4, 2007
Day 675
Choquequirao-Machu Picchu Trek Day 7

There are two options for getting back to Cusco from Machu Picchu. You can either take the really expensive train, which takes two hours, or walk two hours to the hydroelectric plant and take a series of three buses, which costs much less… Read More »

Joining the Masses

August 3, 2007
Day 674
Choquequirao-Machu Picchu Trek Day 6

First thing this morning, I crossed the treacherous bridge near the campsite and jumped in the hot springs. The water was so hot, it was like a jacuzzi as it massaged my back and shoulders. I could… Read More »

Another Day With the Asses

August 2, 2007
Day 673
Choquequirao-Machu Picchu Trek Day 5

Stats for the Day: 600 meters up, 1000 down, a relatively easy day.

With donkeys carrying our stuff once again this morning, the walking was easy. We followed the Victoria River upstream along a gentle slope that led us up about 600 meters.… Read More »

Some Welcome Help Up the Hill

August 1, 2007
Day 672
Choquequirao-Machu Picchu Trek Day 4

Stats for the Day: 1200 meters up to 4100, then 500 back down to yet another valley.

This was to be the hardest day of our trek, but I was assured before leaving that we would be able to contract a donkey to… Read More »

Natural Energy Centers, Real Mountain Men, and Exhaustion

July 31, 2007
Day 671
Choquequirao-Machu Picchu Trek Day 3

Stats for the day: 300 meters up, 1200 down, then 800 back up, so we barely made any progress!

During breakfast today, Kim broke the news to us that she didn't want to continue any further. She would rather stay at Choquequirao another… Read More »

The Wonder's Kid Sister

July 30, 2007
Day 670
Choquequirao-Machu Picchu Trek Day 2
Just 650 Meters Uphill Today (6.5 times the wingspan of the Spruce Goose)

Chantelle and Kim spent a good portion of last night and this morning inquiring about getting mules to take our stuff the… Read More »

A Testing First Day

July 29, 2007
Day 669

Choquequirao-Machu Picchu Trek Day 1
Stats for the day: 22 Horizontal KM Walking (half a marathon), 1300 Meters Down (equivalent to going from the estimated roof of the Burj Dubai tower to the ground, twice), 550 Meters Up (as high as… Read More »