On our last day of the Inca Trail, we woke up at 4am, sleepily ate our breakfasts, and packed up to wait in line at the checkpoint until it opened at 6:30am. Seeing the sunrise at the Sun Gate wasn’t an option for us because the check point gates don’t open until after sunrise and we still had about two hours of hiking left before we got to Machu Picchu. It really didn’t feel like a loss because the storm […]
Day 2 is no joke. Not only did I need to physically prepare for it, I had to do some mental preps as well. Our day was broken up into 2 main blocks: going up to Dead Woman’s Pass and going down to the campsite. Along the way up, we took a couple breaks together as a group to take in the snow-capped mountain tops. Before we trekked the last, hardest portion of the trail to Dead Woman’s Pass, we […]
Day 1: After one last night in civilization, we headed out bright and early to km 82 by bus where we started our trek on the Inca Trail. Take in the scenes because the first day’s hike is relatively easy; there are some small hills but they’re manageable. Along the way, we passed by some Incan sites strategically built along the Urubamba River. I was blown away at how large and majestic the mountains were–I honestly believe I’ll never see […]
At Pisac, our guide shared with us some history of the Incan empire. First off, he clarified that calling the indigenous people Incas was a misnomer because there was only one Inca and that was the king. It is more accurate to call the indigenous people, “the Andean people” in referencing the Andean mountains. He explained that while the Incan empire did not have any written documentation of their history, modern archeologists and anthropologists have made educated guesses as to […]
To start off our adventure, we headed out of Cusco city to the Sacred Valley. Along the way, we stopped at the top of the hill with the Cristo Blanco overlooking the Plaza de Armas. Though the fog hadn’t burned off quite yet because it was early, the view from the top of the hill was amazing. Our guide explained that Cusco has changed and developed very quickly thanks to the double edged sword called tourism. While tourism has boosted […]
After spending 16 hours traveling down to Lima, Matt losing his phone at the airport, and nearly missing our 6am wake up call for our flight out, we finally made it to Cusco City. It was Sunday when we arrived and the city was bustling with what seemed to be the entire city’s population marching and celebrating out on the streets. Pedro, our guide for the next week, explained that it was not uncommon for there to be some sort of […]
Capital building at night. Congress Ave. Dirty East. Line for Franklin’s. 😦 Decided to get South Congress Cafe instead. Matt’s crab cake benedict. Hanging out at Uncommon Objects. Hey there cowboy! Artist markets. Pretty! True story. Iced turbo and a hipster drawing on the curb. Dracula aka Robin Williams. UT. The view. Downtown Austin. The Salt Lick BBQ. Waiting around in the winery. Smokin’ Finger lickin’ good. OMG Back on SoCo for some Amy’s Mexican Vanilla. Goodnight, Austin.
Chelsea Market. Gourmet salts. Vegan, raw, gluten free. One happy family. Mr. & Mrs. Hipsterbread. Queens. Tracks & blue skies. PS1. Junk. Stuffed animal junk. The Park. Slightly frozen. Dusk in the park. Blair & Chuck. The Loeb Boathouse. Night lights. Friends. Columbus circle. Eileen’s. Best cheesecake in town. Pies-n-Thighs.
The view. Veniero’s. Cannolis and lobster tails. More delicious goodies. Brake and chock. High line. So sunny, too cold. The sights. Red brick homes. The colorful kiss. Must be beautiful during spring and fall. Oh so modern. Took a break at Doughnut Plant. Statue of Liberty. Pinocchio.