Machu Picchu day1

On Friday morning we woke up at 3:45am to catch a bus to the start of the inca trail. We stopped at a little town for breakfast, then we set off 2 hours to the control point for Machu Picchu park. Here the porters in the red uniforms packed all of the supplies for 4 days. Tents, food, cooking utensils, everything to keep the ship afloat for the next couple days basically. Caro and I opted to carry our own gear. The weather was hot but manageable and the first couple hours we were both just happy to be on the trail hiking.

The first day we hiked 7 hours and by the end of the day we were second guessing what we had gotten ourselves into. It was mostly uphill for those 7 hours. Seriously, we were struggling. The crew consisted of a couple in their 30’s from England, our tour guide, and 11 porters to carry all the gear. We saw some inca ruins and one of the highest peaks in Peru called mt. Veronica. A couple times we were hiking it felt more like Hawaii then peru. Super tropical and lush, then we’d hike to a plateau and then it felt like high desert again. We had to be ready for all conditions, and according to the forecast, it looked like rain for us.

The first day was beautiful, great weather, but we had no idea what we were getting into….

Surfed Peru today

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So, it turns out that Mira flores has a healthy thriving surf community with a ton of waves. Today I surfed a spot right in front of where we are staying called Makaha. It’s a super fun mellow cobble stone right with some lefts. The inside is for beginners and if you can bare the bicep burn for a couple hundred yards you’ll find yourself in the spot to catch about a 200 yard long right. It’s always fun surfing new places. Every spot has it’s own little quirks and different settings. New locals, different tastes of the water, etc. Apparently, in the 40’s or 50’s there were lots of people coming and going here from Hawaii. Naturally, some of the spots here didn’t have names and started receiving similar ones to the islands. I surfed Makaha today which is right next to Waikiki….go figure.