june 2015: peru

Amazonia: Glamping in the jungle

After a week and a half of trekking and taking in the Inca history and culture, it was time to wind down and head to the region of Amazonia for three nights of glamping. That’s right: glamourous camping. We flew from Cusco to Puerto Maldonado then took a 15...

A free day in Cusco

Finally, our first (and only) free day to explore as we pleased and nothing on the agenda. Yay! We slept in, left our hotel around 10am and headed straight for the local market. We’d been there once before but with our guide so didn’t have time to roam and...

Machu Picchu

Finally, the day has arrived. The day to visit Machu Picchu. And an early day at that. We were ready and in the lobby to meet Henry by 5:30am since the gates open at 6am. A twenty minute bus ride up the mountain and through the gates we enter the mystical land of...

Lares 2 day mountain trek

We just arrived in the town of Machu Picchu by train and we are exhausted from our two day Lares trek. So I will keep this to the facts and highlights:) Fact: This trek is normally a three day trek which was modified by our organizer, Uniktour, to be two days to fit...

The Sacred Valley

Today was short but intense. We left Cusco around nine headed for Pisaq in the Sacred Valley with a few stops on the way: an animal rescue centre, a llama and alpaca ‘zoo’ and textile exhibit as well as a few stops near the valley simply to take pictures...

Cusco, the navel of the world

Today we spent the day with our guide, Henry, visiting many of the original Inca archeological sites in the morning, and touring the main square (where festivities were in full force) and wandering around the markets of Cusco. The navel of the Inca world, to be more...

The Andean Explorer

From Puno to Cusco we rode the 10 hour train The Andean Explorer. Considered one of the best train journeys of the world, it’s easy to see why; the journey was an experience in luxury surrounded by breathtaking landscapes. After arriving at the station and...

A day trek near Puno

A long day of trekking today, but not a lot to report. We started our trek about 20min from the hotel around 8:30am and 32km later we arrived at Sillustani, a well known archeological site outside of Puno, around 4pm. A long day indeed, hiking up and down the...

Peru, we’re here!

Peru and Machu Picchu have been on the top of my bucket list for a while now, so what better way to mark a milestone birthday than a two week getaway to explore Inca territory with a friend. We left Montreal Monday afternoon, and with a 2hr layover in Toronto landed...