S: Peru 2011
BC: Peru 2011
FC: Peru | 2011 | Cusco Inca Trail Machu Picchu Amazon Arequipa Colca Canyon
1: Itinerary | Day 1-2 Cusco Acclimatization City tour, Plaza de Armas, Sacsayhuaman, churches and coca tea | ________________________________________ | Day 3 Sacred Valley Pisac, Ollantaytambo and Hotel Pakaritampu | Day 4-7 The Inca Trail Km 82, Dead Woman's Pass, Intipunku (Sun Gate) and Machu Picchu | Day 8 Train Back To Cusco Hotel Sumaq, engagement, Agua Caliente and Vistadome train | Day 9-12 Amazon Jungle 11 hour travel hell, Manu Wildlife Centre, Macaw clay lick and critters | Day 13 Back in Cusco Hotel Marqueses, more city exploring and cappuccinos | Day 13-16 Arequipa & Colca Canyon Casa Andina, Cruz de Condor, Colca Lodge and hot springs
2: Cusco Peru The capital of the Inca Empire is nestled in the Andres at an altitude of 3,399 meters. The city was designed by the Incas in the shape of a Puma and was declared a World Heritage Site in 1983 by UNESCO.
8: Cusco Market...
11: The Sacred Valley Also known as the Urubamba Valley this region, 2,400 meters above sea level, is situated in the Andes of Peru, close to the Inca capital of Cusco and below the ancient sacred city of Machu Picchu. We spent a luxurious night in the beautiful Pakaritampu hotel prior to heading out on the Inca Trail where tents awaited us!
16: On our way...
17: Backpacking took us to many beautiful verdant places. Our granola bars kept u alive during long walks. | ...the Inca Trail!
26: Dead Woman's Pass 4,215 meters nearly killed Marina and was the highest mountain pass during an arduous 11 hours of hiking on day 2 that proved challenging to everyone in our group.
39: Machu Picchu! Located 2,350 meters on top of Andean mountains, bordering the jungle and northeast of Cusco Machu Picchu was one of the most beautiful sacred cities established by the Incas. For reasons unknown Machu Picchu was never discovered by the Spanish Conquistadors and survived their barbarism. It remained as a legend of a lost city until 1911 when Hiram Bingham uncovered it aided by a local peasant.
42: I do!!
45: Vistadome Train Back to Cusco...
48: Manu Wildlife Centre 10 hours by plane, van, boat and car takes you deep into the heart of the Amazon Jungle to this beautiful secluded lodge. The Manu Biosphere Reserve is a protected national park covering over 7 million square kilometers representing some of the wildest and most diverse rainforests in the world.
51: Welcome to the Jungle!
52: Macaw Clay Lick We were lucky to see this amazing sight of hundreds of macaws and parrots congregating at this clay lick where they feasted on the nutrient rich clay which is essential to their diet.
58: Back to Cusco...
61: Arequipa The 'White City' is located in southern Peru at 2,335 meters above sea level in the Andes shrouded by volcanoes. This was our last stop on route to the Colca Canyon where we hoped to view the giant condors.
65: Colca Canyon About 160 Kilometers south of Arequipa at a depth of 4,160 meters Colca Canyon reigns as the deepest canyon in the world nearly 2 times deeper than the Grand Canyon.
69: El Misti This active volcano looms over Arequipa standing at 5,822 meters (19,101 ft) above sea level and last erupted in 1985. It lies between the mountain Chachani (6,075 m/19,931 ft) and the volcano Pichu-Pichu (5,669 m/18,599 ft). This view is from the back on route to Colca Canyon.
70: Colca Canyon Lodge We stayed at this beautiful lodge in the heart of the canyon which, to Marina's delight, had it's own spa and hot springs.
72: Cruz del Condor These birds are so large that they need to leverage the thermals of warm air rising from the canyon floor to actually fly! They gain altitude swooping back and forth until finally they head to other valleys to feed. We arrived early and were truly rewarded by a spectacular show that went on for hours. Incredible!
74: The end of our fabulous journey...