Rio de Janeiro – The Basics

  Ok. You are in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Before you put your speedo on and get drunk on caipirinhas at the beach, please take time to read this. Rio de Janeiro is an amazing city – it is actually known as the “Cidade Maravilhosa” (Wonderful city). You will see. And you will feel comfortable…

Back to Aguas Calientes

After enjoying an enlightenment experience in Machu Picchu and missing our train, we went down the mountain to figure out how we were going back to Cusco. From my 2005 diary: Funny, going down the stairs was harder than going up. Perhaps the Inca spirits helped us up. We kept meeting the little Peruvian boys…

Salkantay Trail – Days 3 & 4

On day 3 we were reaching our limits, our body ached and we desperately needed a shower. The baby wipes were not quite doing the job! When we finally crossed a little river, we toop a dip, in spite of the temperature outside (perhaps around 15C) and the freezing water. Nonetheless, it was good to…

Salkantay Trail Day 2

After a tough Day 1, here is what I wrote on my 2005 diary: At 5:30 in the morning, our guide, Carlito, was already screaming: “Come on, chicas! Time to wake up!” e brought us a coke tea. This tea is magical and instantly makes you feel great. If you haven’t been to Bolivia or…

Salkantay Trail – Day 1

Translated from my 2005 diary: We woke up at 4AM and a bus picked us up at our hostel to drive us to where the trek starts, at a little city called Ollanta (or something similar). I was researching Ollanta and the closest name I found was Ollantaytambo, a town on the bottom of Salkantay…