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Machu Picchu Peru Travels

High in the Andes Mountains in Peru, above the Urubamba River valley, after 4 days through the Peruvian Inca Jungles, set my eyes on breathtaking views of Machu Picchu.

Went on the Inca Jungle trek which I recommend, The Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu is a four-day, moderate to challenging trek. It includes a variety of activities, such as jungle trekking, mountain biking, rafting, and zip-lining. The Inca Jungle Trek is considered the most adventurous trekking option in the Cusco region, had woken up at 4 AM for the last part of the trek, to be the first ones at Machu Picchu.

Cusco Peru

Most treks to Machu Picchu will start at Cusco

Took a flight from Austin to Lima Peru, after a over night stay in Lima at an Airbnb, took another flight to Cusco, Peru. Due to late night and early morning flights Airbnb worked out good and the host picked and dropped me off to the Airport.

In Cusco with an altitude of over 11000 feet, Give yourself 2 or 3 days in Cusco, to get used to the higher altitude before starting the Machu Picchu Trek. You can also buy oxygen Can with a mask if needed in Cusco.

The best time to hike the is from March to May and from September to mid-December. These months fall before and after the rainy season, providing excellent weather conditions and fewer crowds.

Plaza de Armas Cusco - The center of the city

This plaza has stunning architecture and views of the mountains. It was once the center of the Inca empire and the Spanish conquistadors.

Plaza de Armas Cusco

During my stay in Cusco did the walking tour of Cusco, The tour took us through the city, museum and markets.
Peru Indigenous people
Indigenous Quechua People, Cusco, Peru

market cusco
Cuzco’s Traditional, Hand-Made Bread

san pedro cusco

The walking tour ended at the San Pedro Market. San Pedro Central Market is a large, covered market in Cusco, Peru and is open seven days a week. The market is a few blocks from the main square and is a popular tourist attraction. It's  a great way to experience Peruvian culture and buy things you might need for your trek.

Machu Picchu Trek

Get a good slip resistant hiking boots before going on a hike, my advice is to spend the extra money and get a good pair. Break them well before starting the hike. I paid US $200 for mine and were slip resistant and water proof. I plan to use them on several other mountain Hikes. Hopefully to Kilimanjaro.

Travel Light, shed the extra pounds. Besides a change of clothes, a rain poncho, the few other things I carried on the hike was Energy bars, hydrating gels, band aids, flash light and alarm watch. Band-Aids came handy as with all the walking I started to get blisters, nothing to bad though. You can also buy  coca leaves and chew on them for energy and help with altitude  sickness.

Day One the tour van was at the hostel early morning to drive us to the Andes mountains, my start of the Machu Picchu Trek was a mountain Bike ride in the Andes mountain, it rained on us and it was freezing. Regardless it was a great great time, once in a life time experience.

Machu Picchu Trek

Did white Water Rafting in the Urbamba River, the rapids were not too bad compared to rafting in the Himalayas India 

Water Rafting Urbamba River

Picture Below, our tour guide put some kind of a henna tattoo on us, the tattoos are washable and they symbolized Inca warriors, Picture below - The Group I was part of that did the trek with me, showing our tattoos. The sheds in the picture is where we stayed the night with a local Peruvian family.

Machu Picchu Trek

Zip Lining in the Andes Mountains, did zip-lining across 6 lines in the mountains. Little nervous on the fist one, but by the 3rd and 4th, I let go off my hands. This was day three.

Zip Lining Andes Mountains

The trek is something that cannot be described, it needs to be experienced, the beauty of the Mountains, rivers and streams along the way. One of my best travels.

Machu Picchu
girls Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu

At last made it  Machu Picchu, felt like discovering ruins that have never been seen before. The last hike started at 4 AM, and was the most difficult one. 

Machu Picchu

arvinder at Machu Picchu
What a great feeling

Huayna Picchu is a mountain in Peru that rises above Machu Picchu, the lost city of the Incas. The mountain is also known as Wayna Picchu or Wayna Pikchu, which means "Young Peak" in Quechua. The trail to the summit of Huayna Picchu is short but very difficult due to the elevation gain.

Huyna Picchu

If you have the energy left, I highly recommend doing the Huyna Picchu climb, below me at Huyna Picchu. Awesome view of Machu Picchu can be seen from Huyna Picchu, you will need to book the additional Huyna Picchu trek when booking your Machu Picchu trek as additional ticket is needed.


Last Day before returning to Austin I spent the day in Lima, from the airport I took a cab to the city center.I was tired and the cab driver charged me maybe 3 to 5 bucks extra, I didnt want to argue and didnt actually care.  Spent a few hours walking, seeing the museums and Churches. Most of them will have some kind tour. 

lima peru

After having lunch with Inca Cola, I decided to go to Miraflores, its by the ocean. I took the tour bus. By the end of the evening, I took a cab to the airport. If you are flying business class and get a voucher to the VIP lounge like I did, and after all the walking, its just the best way to end your journey, worth every penny spent.


Above Picture I took in Lima along the Ocean in Miraflores Lima of “El Beso”. The sculpture is located in the “Parque del Amor” (Park of Love) in the Miraflores district

Monumento Inca Pachacutec

Pachacuti above Photo I took in Cusco. Wiki page on Pachacuti 

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