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!
We awoke at 3:30am on our final day to hike up to Machupicchu, the icing on our trekking cake. We lined up at a control gate along with over a hundred other hikers (we were close to the front) and at 5:30 the control gate opened and let us through.
Day two was the most difficult by far–16km (10 miles) over two 13,000-foot+ passes with a gross elevation gain of 4,373ft. and gross elevation loss of 3,402ft., totaling 11 of the most grueling and rewarding hours of our lives.
Instead of taking the traditional tourist route to Machupicchu, we followed the 500-hundred-year-old segment of the Inca trail (Camino Inka) from kilometer 82 to Machupichu, commonly known as the “Inca Trail.”
We begin our month in Peru where many travelers do–in Lima. We spend our first full day in Peru exploring the areas of Lima around the Miraflores neighborhood before taking a 16-hour overnight bus over the Andes to Arequipa.