Category: Peru

The Mystery of Machu Picchu

The pinnacle of the Salkantay Trek is Machu Picchu. Typically, you would reach Machu Picchu on day 4 or day 5. But for some reason we hiked two 10+ hour days on day 1 and day 2…. And let me just defend myself a bit here and explain why I took the easy way out in a Collectivo on day… Read more →

Machu Picchu via The Salkantay Trek – an alternative to the Inca Trail

The Salkantay Trek skinny:  We turned a 5 day/4 night trek into a 3 day/2 night trek. We did this without a guide. You don’t need a guide for this trek. But, if you choose to go with a guide, prices are about $250-300.  Day 1:  15 miles Start:  Sayllapata (3450 meters / 11,319 feet) Pass:  Highest point on the… Read more →

The Nasca Lines of Peru: Spend the money and go up in a plane

For as archaeologically significant and mysterious as the Nasca Lines of Peru are, amazingly, they are still relatively unknown. (Nasca is also spelled Nazca. My research has shown that Nasca is the spelling favored by scholars and therefore that is the spelling I will use here.) First, what are they? Simply, they are ancient geoglyphs in the Nasca Desert of… Read more →

The Santa Cruz Trek: One of the best treks in the world

The Santa Cruz Trek was voted as one of the best treks in the world by National Geographic. Start:  Cashapampa – elevation: 9,524 ft (2900 meters) Finish:  Vaqueria – elevation:  11,811 ft (3600 meters)   Highest point:  15,584 ft (4750 meters) Total distance:  28 miles (45km) Days/Nights:  4 days/3 nights (Could be done in 3 days/2 nights buy why not… Read more →

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