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Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu

Walking in the ancient footsteps of the Inca to Machu Picchu was a transformative bucket-list experience that surpassed all expectations. In this series, we detail our four-day Llama Path trek to the sacred Andean citadel.

Quito Old Town

Quito Old Town

Arriving in Quito was the culmination of a six week journey beginning in Lima and covering some 2,000 miles. We based ourselves in Quito Old Town and were very pleased we did.

Quilotoa Village Ecuador

Quilotoa Village

Hiking the rim around the 12,800-foot high Quilotoa “crater lake” was high on our list of must-do adventures in Ecuador, but we soon discovered that half the adventure was simply getting there.

Captivating Cuenca

Cuenca was our first overnight stop in Ecuador after spending a month in Peru, and we could already tell on arrival that Ecuador was going to be a whole new ballgame.

Puno on Lake Titicaca

Perched at 12,556 feet above sea level on the shores of mammoth Lake Titicaca at the southern tip of Peru, the city of Puno has a distinct feel all its own — and the residents aren’t afraid to flaunt it.

Uros Floating Islands Lake Titicaca Peru

Uros Floating Islands of Lake Titicaca

And now for something a bit different. At 12,500 feet above sea level (3,800m), Lake Titicaca is the highest navigable lake in the world. It’s also home to the Uru-Aymara who live across 44 self-constructed floating islands of reed!