Salkantay to Machu Picchu: Where the Pavement Ends

Part IV…Where the Pavement Ends At about 3 am we found ourselves in the hotel lobby, waiting to catch a bus in the predawn darkness bound for the remote Peruvian village of Mollepata, the traditional starting off point of the Salkantay trail. At the time, I was not aware (maybe Sylvia was, but if so, she …

Continue reading Salkantay to Machu Picchu: Where the Pavement Ends

Salkantay to Machu Picchu…The Sacred Valley.

Part III…The Sacred Valley The Sacred Valley is loosely defined as the 60 miles or so of the Urubamba River between the Incan ruins at Pisac and the more famed ones at Machu Picchu to the east. Sometimes, it is known as the Yucay valley. The Urubamba is a major tributary of the Amazon, and …

Continue reading Salkantay to Machu Picchu…The Sacred Valley.

Salkantay to Machu Picchu: Cusco, The Two Mile High City

Part II...Cusco, The Two Mile High City We had a very tight schedule upon arrival in Peru. After touching down in Lima and a brief few hours to spend with Sylvia’s family (and my first introduction to the controlled mayhem of traffic in Lima) it was right back to the airport for our flight to …

Continue reading Salkantay to Machu Picchu: Cusco, The Two Mile High City