Arriving in Quito was the culmination of a six week journey beginning in Lima and covering some 2,000 miles (mostly overland, with the help of a 600 mile flight from Lima to Iquitos on the edge of the Amazon rainforest).
Riding a dune buggy along a narrow, winding Andean highway wasn’t something we ever planned on doing, or really even thought of during our backpacking trip along the Ecuadorian Andes. But when in Baños…
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.