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Leza and John´s Adventure: The Inca Trail Day 3 and Day 4

18 Nov
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Machu Picchu "the Lost City of the Incas"
Monday November 18, 2013 - Posted by

This is the second part of Leza and John’s Inca Trail adventure. In another article Leza writes her testimonial about the amazing events on Inca Trail Day 1 and Day 2. Below you will find how the story continues: Inca Trail Day 3 and Day 4, ending with a big THANKS to Hiram Bingham.

INCA TRAIL DAY 3: FROM PACAYMAYO TO WINAYWAYNA

The third day was our longest day of hiking on the Inca Trail, off at 7am to Runcuracay at 13800 feet. Another very hot day with lots of Inca steps and amazing views. A few hours of rugged steep terrain, we came to a brief rest of the ruins of a temple before descending steeply for 2 hours to the magnificent ruins of Sayacmarca. We´d plenty of time to explore before a trek along the original stone path of the Incas, through the semi-tropical cloud forest to Phuyupatamarca, the third pass at 13600 ft. It was like something out of a film, with huge jungle plants and long vines dropping from the trees down into the jungle wilderness hundreds of feet below. You wouldn´t want to stray off the trail here as it was a long way down before you´d hit the bottom. For me this was probably the best part of the Inca Trail so far.
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From Wasdale to Machu Picchu: Leza and John´s Adventure: The Inca Trail Day 1 and Day 2

15 Nov
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Inca trail to Machu Picchu
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INTRO

Several years ago, Leza Maloney and her partner, John, took up trekking in order to improve their health and enjoy the great outdoors! They began walking, increasing their distances little by little, and eventually fulfilled a goal of tackling all 214 Wainwrights ( a group of hills and mountains that stretch across England). While working toward completing this mission, Leza and John became familiar with the Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team, a group of volunteers who rescue distressed individuals from the mountains. They admired their work and became intent on devising an ideal fundraiser for the team, and while watching television one night, a program about Machu Picchu provided the perfect answer! Within 24 hours, their trip to Peru to hike the famous Inca Trail to Machu Picchu was booked, and there was no turning back! Once in Cusco, they met with their tour guide, packed their allotted 5kg bags, and were off to the start of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu… Of this adventure, two lovely articles: the first part just below here and the second part here: http://www.dosmanosperu.com/blog/from-wasdale-to-machu-picchu-the-inca-trail-day-3-and-day-4/

DAY ONE: FROM KM82 TO HUAYLLABAMBA
The ramshackle minibus, roof loaded sky-high, collected us from our hotel in Cusco. Our companions for the next 4 days were a couple from New Zealand, a couple from London and a family from the US with their two daughters. From Cusco, it was a good three hours to the start of the Inca Trail at KM 82, to meet our porters, have our documents checked, and passports stamped with the Inca Trail entrance stamp, and then walk across the suspension bridge over the vast Urubamba River. (more…)

Border crossing: from Peru to Bolivia

05 Nov
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Tuesday November 05, 2013 - Posted by

Border crossing:  from Peru to Bolivia

If you travelled to Peru on a tourist visa, there is a good chance that you will want to stay in Peru longer than your initial visa permits. Perhaps to visit more of and explore this amazing country, or to volunteer in Peru, or study Spanish in Peru. An easy way to extend your visa is by crossing the border with Bolivia, and thankfully the process is fairly simple! In fact, the most difficult part of the journey is the journey itself – the lengthy overnight bus ride!

What to expect at the Bolivian border

I took a weeklong Bolivia trip from Cusco recently, and I was lucky enough to do some traveling in the beautiful Bolivia before returning to Peru and updating my tourist visa – but you can do this as a quick turnaround as well if you wish. I wasn’t sure what to expect at the frontera, as I had never done a land crossing in South America, but even with no expectations I was still surprised at the simplicity. My friend and I took an overnight bus to Puno from Cusco, arriving in time to see the sun rise over Lake Titicaca, and then hopped the earliest bus to Copacabana. (Later we discovered that we could have taken a direct bus, but alas…the sunrise was lovely 🙂 We considered the InkaExpress tourist bus, a daytime bus from Cusco to Puno that stops at several cool tourist spots along the way –but decided against it to save time.
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