Postcards from Peru: Days 10-15 Amazon Jungle

Hola!   Greetings from the jungle! This morning I woke up in Cuzco.  Two plane rides later, tired and starving, I arrived in Iquitos, the largest town in the Peruvian Northern Amazon, and only accessible by car or boat. From the airport in Iquitos, I hailed a mototaxi.  IT. WAS. AWESOME!!!! It was my first…

Postcards from Peru: Day 9 Machu Picchu

Greetings! I met my guide Miguel at 4:30 am and we walked to the crowded Aguas Calientes bus stop.  Hundreds of tourists stand in line, eagerly awaiting the first bus departure at 5:30 am into Machu Picchu.     In line I ate the breakfast sandwich that our cook had prepared for me the night before.  It is…

Postcards from Peru: Days 6-8 Inca Trail

Hola amigos! For 15 years, I have wanted to hike the Inca Trail into Machu Picchu.  The Camino Inka is the most famous of the 40,000+ Inca trails throughout South America.  I’ve been drawn to the Inca trail partly for its noteriety and partly because it is 26 miles long, the distance of a full…

Postcards from Peru: Day 5 Adventures! 

Greetings!  Today was my last full day in Cuzco, but it was my absolute favorite day of the trip so far!   I woke up to find two new roommates who had just come back from hiking the trail.  They both had gotten pretty sick during it so they gave me some tips.  They told…

Postcards from Peru: Day 4 Cuzco

Hola! Today was a more relaxed day of travel.  I had the intention of going to Pisac, the neighboring town (33 km away from Cuzco) that is known for its textile market and ruins.  That didn’t happen. I had breakfast at the hostel.  The tables are set up community style, so it’s helpful for making…

Postcards from Peru: Day 3 Cuzco

Hola! I’ve made it! I’m here in Cuzco, the gateway to Machu Picchu.   Cuzco was the capital of the Inca Empire and it was founded in the 12th century by the first Inca king, Manco Capac.  Capac was ordered by the sun god Inti to find a spot where he could force a golden rod…