This year, my husband and I celebrate our 25th Wedding Anniversary and we were trying to think of something special to do to celebrate this milestone in our lives. We somehow decided that we would travel to Peru and visit this magical country. We booked with G Adventure Tours for their Amazon to the Andes tour. 12 day tour of Peru which includes a 4 day hike of the Inca Trail and a visit to the Amazon Rainforest. https://www.gadventures.com/trips/amazon-to-the-andes/PAA/2015/. Our experience with G Adventures was great and exceeded our expectations. Our guides Richie and Leo for our 4 day trek were super and I can't say enough about how great they were to help us. What was even a bigger surprise, was the fabulous support team we had with us. The cooks and the porters were great. The food on our 4 day trek was beyond anything I could have imagined. Our cooked baked us a cake on the trail! On a stove! With icing. I can barely cook a hot dog camping without burning it. Every single one of these people make our experience even greater.
This is a vacation that is totally out of my comfort zone. My idea of roughing it, is a 4 star hotel with no spa services so hiking for 4 days and living in a tent for 3 nights is really pushing my limits. Hiking the Inca Trail was the toughest physical experience I've ever gone through. The altitude was a major factor. The sheer climb for me was a challenge but making it to Dead Woman's Pass on the second day of our trek was a high point for me but the icing on the cake was getting to the Sun Ruin's on Day 4 to see Manchu Pichu appear through the cloud cover. It was a magical moment and worth everything we went through.
We had the greatest group of people in our trekking group. The encouragement from every single person in the group was amazing. When you needed somebody to help you get to the next level, they were there. Needed somebody to share a laugh with, they were there. Cheering you on when you were coming up to Dead's Woman's Pass, they were there with hugs and high fives! When you had been throwing up for 8 straight hours having them keeping you motivated to keep you going to make the Sun Ruins...they were there. Thank you to this great group of people...no friends. These people made this experience one of the best of my life.
I hope you enjoy some of my favorite photos from my latest adventure.