Huayna Picchu: the 1,180 foot ascent

Huayna Picchu ended up being amazing.  In theory, however, it was not a good idea at all.  Our knees were aching from the “Tourist Killer” steps from the previous day, and the steep climb up was supposedly not for anyone afraid of heights (aka me).  Not to mention the steps were wet from the morning’s…

Inca Trail Day 3: The Beautiful Day

This is what Francisco coined Day 3 because we saw some of the most spectacular scenery and ruins during what would be our longest day of hiking, going 10 total miles.  Somehow it didn’t seem so painful or long when you’re surrounded by so much natural beauty. We woke up at 6am yet again, and…

Inca Trail Day 2: Summitting Dead Woman’s Pass

As promised, Francisco and the porters knocked on our tent door on cue at 6am with “room service” aka warm water to wash with and hot coca tea.  I surprisingly had a sound night’s sleep, unlike the rest of Team UWS.  Since it was a full moon out last night, the stray dogs went into…

Inca Trail Day 1: The Warmup

5:15am – wake up call. What the hell vacation is this?!  I digress…yes yes it was all worth it.  At 6am, our Pachamama shuttle was outside waiting for us, along with Francisco, our tour guide.  After multiple stops to pick up the other 4 hikers, several porters, and a key stop at the outer Pachamama…

Six Upper West Siders…

During our orientation the previous day, we had the pleasure of meeting the rest of our “Inca Trail Dream Team.”  Because I received the paperwork for the group when we registered, I knew we were in a group with 4 other people around our same age from the US.  Doug and I were both worried…