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Jumping Through Peru – Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu, here we come! The day we had been looking forward to for months. The spot Alicia and I were most excited to ‘JUMP’ at!

The morning started off in a huge rush for everyone. The plan was to head to the Sun Gate by 4:30AM (or so) to line up to enter, so that we could see the view of a sunrise upon Machu Picchu itself. Continue reading

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Jumping Through Peru – Inca Trail Pt. 3

Day 3 of the hike was relatively supposed to be the easiest, as it would be a steady decline, but it would be for the longest length at 16km.  This day we actually had a lunch break in the middle of the hike as the total hike would’ve taken too long. I thought it would only get easier since we had already completed 2 days, and my legs weren’t even sore! However, slowly but surely my feet itself started to hurt from each step’s pressure on the rocky ground floor. Continue reading

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Jumping Through Peru – The Inca Trail Pt. 2

As bedtime is usually at around 8pm when the sun sets and dinner is over, waking up early to hike at 5 or 6am is usually not a problem. Day 2 of The Inca Trail has been said to be the hardest day of all as we will reach the highest altitude point of Dead Woman`s Pass at around 4,200M.  Not only can altitude sickness due to lower atmospheric pressure kick in, the walk itself would be a steep incline. Continue reading

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Jumping Through Peru – The Inca Trail Pt. 1

The day of the hike has finally begun! Unfortunately for our group (and all the groups doing the hike the same time as us), we had to walk an extra 1-2km due to road closures. There was only one small road that brings us from Ollantaytambo to the starting point of The Inca Trail at KM 82, and that road just so happened to be going through restoration, so many large holes were dug up and filled with local construction workers.  As much as we were unhappy with the extra distance…it made us realize the ones who were least lucky were the workers themselves who frequently would have to stop whatever they were doing for us to all walk through. Continue reading

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Jumping through Peru – Sacred Valley & Ollantaytambo

On our third day, we travelled further into even more rural areas visiting the Sacred Valley of the Incas on our way to the town of Ollantaytambo. The morning started with an educational visit to Ccaccaccollo’s Planeterra which was a women’s weaving co-op (supported by G-Adventures) where we got to learn and see how the textiles were weaved and created. Many of us got the opportunity to take the famous #llamaselfie shots as they had a small farm.  Only later we discovered most of them were alpaca instead. This was also the main location that most of us bought our llama and alpaca wool souvenirs for family and friends. Continue reading

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Jumping Through Peru – Cusco

Cusco was the real start of our Gadventures family’s journey as it was the first guided tour day by Gadventures.

At elevation of 3,399m, it was intended for us to stay a day in Cusco in order to acclimatize to be ready for the Inca Trail where the highest point at Dead Woman’s pass is 4,215m. Although most of us already had taken altitude sickness prevention medication, we still eagerly drank the coca tea provided as it is a popular method in the Andes for altitude sickness prevention.  We all made many jokes on how coca tea was a drug because (according to Wiki) they contain alkaloids which when chemically extracted are the source for cocaine base. Continue reading

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Jumping Through Peru – Lima

I feel like my trip to Peru deserves a prequel of its own, because I don’t think it is very characteristic of me to embark on such a journey.  The idea of going of going to Peru first started over a year ago when Adrienne and I were trying to plan a vacation together. It has always been a life goal of hers to do the Inca Trail and visit Machu Picchu. At that time, I was kind of impartial. The catalyst that made me change my mind was when she had told me that her parents also wanted to visit Machu Picchu but were unable to do the physical hike any more due to age and body concerns. At that moment, I had realized that this was a trip I should go on despite its difficulty because it is very hard to find a travelling partner who has the same ideal destination and has a matching vacation schedule. I didn’t want to lose out on this opportunity and be unable to do it in the future.

We had tried to book it for October 2014, but unfortunately, all the permits were fully sold out.  Since then I had been determined to accomplish the Inca Trail as I had set my mind on it. Luckily, I managed to rope Alicia in with me and we booked it in March 2015 (for September 2015).

After a half year wait, our trip had finally come! Continue reading

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