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December 30, 2017

When we meet people and tell them about our travels, I like to joke that we have run away from our children. Well, in December, they found us! 

When we left Mississippi in September, we also purchased tickets to Santiago, Chile for our kids to visit us for Christmas dur...

December 19, 2017

While we were traveling in Ecuador we realized that we had become experts at slow travel. We were so slow that we only had a few weeks to meet our children in Santiago which was 4,800 kilometers away, and we hadn’t visited Peru or northern Chile yet. So in our haste, w...

December 17, 2017

Sleep would not come easy. After three days on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu we were tired, but we would still not sleep. Tomorrow we would finally see the beautiful lost city of the Incan Empire.

“We will wake up at 3:00 am and begin our final hike to Machu Picchu” Cl...

December 15, 2017

Two days down, two to go! As promised, the second day on the Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu was tough. Twenty-two kilometers and two mountain passes. There were lots of uneven stone stairways with steep uphill climbs and treacherous downhill steps. But, it was now beh...

December 10, 2017

We made it! We had just completed the first day’s hike to Machu Picchu on the Inca Trail. We walked into camp and we were shown to our tents. Hot water and towels were brought to us by our chaskis, the incredible porters who carried supplies along the trail. We zipped...

December 8, 2017

Our hike along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu started easy enough, despite the light rain. (8,923 feet). The trail was relatively flat as it slowly climbed and followed the Sacred River. The entire area was a protected National Park, but there were a few families livin...

December 7, 2017

After receiving the itinerary for our Machu Picchu trek, I had a lot of anxiety, which is unusual. I just stared in disbelief; 22 km. I became fixated on that distance during our entire time in Cusco. I think that I asked Ol about five times, “how far is 22 km?” I kept...

December 4, 2017

During our time in Peru I wondered why we had never visited before. I wish we had taken our kids here for one of our family vacations. They would have loved parades, riding four wheelers to ancient ruin sites, zip lining, biking, rafting to Machu Picchu, surfing on san...

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