Peru Itinerary

10 Day Peru Itinerary: Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley, & the Amazon

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Peru is an extraordinary travel destination. With this Peru itinerary, you can visit the historic city of Cusco, tour several small towns in the Andes Mountains, walk on the famous Inca trail, spend a day at magical Machu Picchu, and even explore the steamy Amazon jungle. Peru still remains one of our favorite travel destinations. It’s a fabulous mix of …

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Trekking in the Amazon Rainforest

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Tim and I spent one day trekking in the Amazon rainforest, first on the ground, and later in the treetops. Our first trek started with a 5 am wake up call and then a twenty minute boat ride upriver on the Madre de Dios River. We would be hiking through the Tambopata Reserve to Lake Sandoval. We were told the …

Madre de Dios River

An Introduction to the Amazon Rainforest

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Tim and I ended our trip to Peru in the Amazon rainforest. This would end up being quite the experience and would take us out of our comfort zone. I was now wearing a giant, hot, plaster cast on my left hand that was already beginning to disintegrate (I broke my hand mountain biking a few days earlier). Tim and …

Mountain Biking Peru

Mountain Biking, a Broken Hand, and a Trip to a Peruvian Clinic

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Tim and I went mountain biking through the sacred valley of Peru in 2012 with a company called “Gravity Peru.”  We met up with our guide, Chet, in Ollantaytambo. Tim and I packed up all of our bags, and ourselves, into Chet’s small, banged up car that already had three bikes in the trunk. He had a driver (this is …

Magical and Mystical Machu Picchu

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Following our day hiking the Inca Trail, Tim and I spent one day exploring Machu Picchu. We spent the night in the town of Aguas Calientes, located in the river valley a half an hour away from Machu Picchu. At 5:30 am we were winding our way back up the mountain, excited for the day ahead. Walking into Machu Picchu …

Sacred Valley Peru

The Sacred Valley of Peru in Pictures

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Tim and I spent three days touring the Sacred Valley of Peru. This area is filled with historical Incan sites, stunning landscapes, quaint villages, and colorful, friendly people. Here are some of our favorite photos from these three days. Sacsaywaman Tim is standing in front of the Incan fortress of Sacsaywaman. It was the site of a 10 month battle …