For the next two weeks on Monday and Wednesday we will be sharing incredible photos from Jason and his sister, Stephanie’s, April trip to Peru accompanied by a blog post from Stephanie describing their experience on a 7 day trek to Machu Picchu. The photos and blog posts will lead up to a post featuring a video of the trip with footage from the Inspire 1!
Day 1: Travel – U.S. to Lima 4-24-15
Travel preparation is a funny concept: you can only prepare for the things that you expect to happen; the unexpected incidents force you to improvise. Over the years, I have come to learn that the best way to be stress free when traveling is to look at every situation as an adventure and remind oneself that things are working out how they are supposed to be, even if it’s not apparent at the time.
Well, here goes my first attempt at a travel blog! I’m anticipating that my entries will get shorter and shorter once we are on the Inca Trail and I can’t find the strength to type out all that happened on a long days hike, but here it goes!
Wyndham Costa Del Sol Lima Airport
Today Jason and I met up in LA at our Uncle Gary’s place. We enjoyed briefly catching up and telling our Uncle what we were expecting for our upcoming Inca Trail trek. We decided it was best to repack our bags and see what we could consolidate for our journey south tomorrow morning. Unfortunately, it wasn’t until the wee hours of the morning, 12:45 AM PST to be exact, I hear Jason say, “Oh no.” Never a good thing to hear when we have to get up for an early morning flight! In repacking all of his copter gears, camera lenses, etc., he discovered he forgot the most important component: the camera! We spent the early hours of the morning scrambling to figure out what to do and how to get his camera from Pismo. Fortunately for us, we were able to change flights and Jason rented a camera that was exactly like his from a nearby shop in LA by the airport. I have one lucky brother, I tell ya! Isn’t that ironic: Jason the photographer and videographer forgets his camera? Off to a great start!
Although we were working on only a few hours of sleep, Jason and I ended up watching 3 movies and getting no rest at all (so worth it though!). After 6 hours, we finally made it to the Lima Airport…but the adventure didn’t stop! As we were going through customs, Jason ended up getting his copter taken away. After heading to the airport hotel and grabbing some drinks, we spent most of the night trying to figure out what to do regarding the copter. Thankfully tomorrow we will have plenty of time before our flight to Cusco!
Quotes of the day:
“It can it only get better from here”
“Oh shoot, I should have brought…”
“Dang it! I forgot…”
Day 2: Lima to Cusco 4-25-15
Wyndham Cusco Saqsayhuaman
Today we flew in to Cusco! Our morning was quite the adventure as we were not going to leave Lima without the copter. Since we had permission from the National Parks, they simply ended up walking us to check in with the copter and giving it to the attendants to put in checked bags…so great!
The flight into Cusco was spectacular. The airport was tucked in a valley and the runway was extremely short. We had to circle the airport 4 times, decreasing elevation with each turn. I spoke a little Spanish to the lady sitting next to me and was introduced to Coca Candy for the first time…yes, made from real coca leaves and made to help with altitude sickness. Tasted great!
Once we landed, we grabbed our bags and headed to our hotel. Our hotel was about 15 minutes from the airport, on top of the hill top that overlooked the city. Once we made it to our room, we rested for a little and took some time to repack bags for everything that we needed for the hike. We later made our way to explore the city and grab a bite to eat.
The city was great! So many unique shops and the streets were filled with tourists and locals trying to sell things. I later learned that it wasn’t rude to just say “No, thank you” and continue walking without giving a reason as to why you didn’t want to buy something. Jason and I found a great local restaurant where we tasted our first truly Peruvian delicacy: alpaca! It was surprisingly tender and tasted like steak.
We made our way back to the hotel to meet our Inca Trail guide, Alvero. Talking to him made us anxious to start the journey. Time to get some sleep in preparation for a long journey!
Quotes of the Day:
– “If you need something, you can probably just wait and they will come to you.”
– “We can eat alpaca?!”