April 9-13

I truthfully don’t know how to summarize what has been the most incredible 5 days of my life. I will say that if you ever find yourself in Peru with a few days to spare: DO THE SALKANTAY TREK. It is indescribably breathtaking, painfully grueling, relentlessly eye-opening, unbelievably exhausting, and obviously incredible. So, I will summarize in bullet points and pictures because I am, for once in my life, at a loss for words.

  • bright and early launch leading to the base of our adventure
  • met the crew, our hiking-mates, and enjoyed breakfast
  • died of altitude. I swear I could barely breathe
  • reached the Salkantay Pass by moonlight, we could see our breathe in front of the laminating moon and patches of snow (I never wanted to leave this spot)
  • am sunrise, camp guides brought us coca tea for altitude, take down camp, HIKE TIME
  • transition day: we started with snow and ended in a tropical rain forest
  • HOT weather hiking now, I am drenched in sweat and wish I could shower
  • We saw tiny villages in the midst of nothing
  • 1/2 a day spent at a coffee plantation: picked our beans, de-shelled them, roasted them, ground them, and made a cup of joe (the best one I’ve ever had, but this is probably due to having to work for it)
  • saw a box of baby kitten, wanted to steal them, my mom said no…..
  • the last and longest day: the final push to Aguas Caliente (town at the base of Machu Picchu)
  • Machu Picchu with my mom, a day for the books
  • the lovely train ride home, which I slept through entirely, cuddled up with my wonderful Mother

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