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Dia de los Muertos in Peru

25 Oct
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Friday October 25, 2013 - Posted by

Many people know the Dia de Los Muertos because it’s a very famous holiday in Mexico but actually it’s just as famous here in Peru. It’s also celebrated in Cusco, here mostly known as el Dia de Los Disfuntos or deceased, which sounds a bit more “respectful.”.

This national holiday and important fiesta local, is the day following the Dia de Los Santos (All Saints Day) on November 1st. It is believed that on Dia de Los Disfuntos (November 2nd) souls of ancestors and loved ones visit the Earth. This day is also used for remembrance of the deceased. Long before the Spanish brought the Catholic religion to Peru, Peruvians had celebrations in remembrance of their ancestors. In South America deceased are first buried and only later are they cremated. On the Dia de Los Disfuntos Peruvian families bring their deceased loved one’s favorite food and drink to their tomb. (more…)

Experience the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu (Part II)

07 Oct
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Monday October 07, 2013 - Posted by

Experience the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu (part II)

 

Inca Trail Days 3 and 4

So here I’m back again, reporting on my personal experience of the Inca Trail back earlier this year. As I said before on my blog about the Inca Trail Day 1 and day 2, for me doing the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu was like a dream coming true and definitely the highlight of my trip to Peru.   I recommend everybody to experience the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

First I want to share the video of the Inca Trail with you! It has great shots and I hope you enjoy watching it.



Day 3
Traditionally, the third day of the Camino Inca as the Inca Trail is called in Spanish, is the longest, with the most opportunities to detour and see less-visited Inca ruins. Our group decided to take advantage of some of these detours and enjoyed many unique sites throughout the day. A downside of these side trips was a slightly later arrival to Machu Picchu the following day since we had to walk further, but it was worth it.

Early in the morning, I had a feeling of Déjà vu, when we had to climb out of the valley, starting a long day of trekking. By the third and final pass through this stunning cloud forest scenery, we were all stoked for lunch and for the end of significant uphill walking! And at the end of day 3, we were actually able to relax, and play games as a group with our guide.
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Experience the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

01 Oct
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Tuesday October 01, 2013 - Posted by

Inca Trail Days 1 and 2

I had always dreamed of hiking the Inca Trail in Peru — and when I arrived in Cusco to study Spanish in Cusco at AMAUTA Spanish School, I was lucky enough to get hooked up with a group of students who were in the midst of booking the trek with the in-house travel agency (Dos Manos Peru Travel). Fortunately, I was still able to join, there were still a few permits left! For me, this was a dream come true!   I was truly going to Experience the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu! I was so excited.

We met with our guide, Simon, for a pre-trek briefing 2 days prior to departure, and he gave us a complete run-down of what we would experience during the entire four day adventure on our way to Machu Picchu. After listening to and chatting with Simon, I felt excited, confident, and exceptionally prepared for what was to come!

Day 1
Our group was collected bright and early on Friday morning from the student residence of AMAUTA Spanish School where most of us were sleeping, and taken to Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Here we had a quick breakfast, picked up porters, and continued on our way. We arrived at Km 82, the true beginning of the trek, had our passports checked, crossed the river, and were off! The first morning brought a pretty easy walk, mostly flat terrain in exceptionally beautiful scenery. After a slight uphill, we broke for lunch.
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