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Machu Picchu: Elias and Team reach Machu Picchu!

Hello from Aguas Calientes,

We arrived to Macchu Picchu this morning!! After a super early 3:30am wake up call, and 4:30 start, we hiked the last couple miles to this one of the world’s seven wonders of architecture. Light rain and plenty of clouds greeted us at Intipunku (Sun Gate), perched on the hills of Macchu Picchu mountain. But upon descent to the citadel itself, the ceiling of vaporized water cleared up and we could admire, as a reward for the last week of intense hiking through the Andes, the mysticism of this “lost City of the Incas” as well as its dramatic mountain cliffs surrounding us.

We are now resting at our hotel, equally excited about tomorrow’s hike to Huayna Picchu, above Macchu Picchu. Stay tuned for the last report and pictures.

RMI Guide Elías de Andres Martos and the Team.

PS: photo attached from Puyupatamarca, Inca site on our descent to Macchu Picchu yesterday

So glad that you are there, what a beautiful view. Know that you all will never forget it. love, Momma

Posted by: Patsy Hollie on 8/8/2014 at 12:29 am

We are so proud of you.  Congratulations!  Knew you could do it!

Posted by: Cindy on 8/7/2014 at 11:14 am

Machu Picchu: Elias and Team At Winaywayna

Hello, this is Elias and the Machu Picchu trekking team. We are at Winaywayna and we are having a wonderful time on our awesome trek. Tomorrow we will wake up very, very early to [broken] two hours [broken] that will lead us into Machu Picchu where [broken]. Tomorrow we descend to beautiful [broken]. We will be checking in tomorrow from Machu Picchu. [broken]

RMI Guide Elias de Andres Martos

RMI Guide Elias de Andres Martos checks in from the Machu Picchu trek.

Machu Picchu: Elias & Team Merged onto the Inca Trail

Hello, this is Elías and the Machu Picchu trekking team. First of all, we want to apologize for the lack of communication yesterday, but we were in such a narrow valley that our satellite phone wouldn’t pick up the signal. However, we had an awesome day crossing the Continental Divide, from the Pacific side to the Atlantic and dropping to an amazing valley, where we saw herds of llamas moving around. And we had awesome views of Nevado Salkantay, a 6,000+ meter peak, and amazing glaciers. Today we merged with the classic Inca Trail, where we are today. We are just camped here, perched on a terrace right above treeline, and it’s been an amazing day! We went from the dry Andean landscape to the rainforest we have just crossed, and we’re having an awesome time discovering this amazing land of the Inca. We’ll keep you posted tomorrow, as we have our second journey into the classic Inca Trail, and again, we have left behind the three days of incredible hiking up mountain passes in the Andes. That’s all for now! We’ll check in again tomorrow. Bye.

RMI Guide Elias de Andres Martos

Elias de Andres Martos calls in from Machu Picchu.

Hope everyone is having a wonderful time! Go team Junell!!! - Sam & Clay, I Love you mommy and daddy and miss you!! Rowan

Posted by: Beverly Jones on 8/5/2014 at 10:56 am

Jayne, you know I will be expecting some pictures with you and the llamas. Hope y’all are having a blast!


Posted by: Tyler B. on 8/5/2014 at 7:41 am

Machu Picchu: Elias & Team Begin Their Trek

Hello this is Elias with the Machu Picchu Trek. We are at our camp right below Nevado Salkantay under the impressive north face. We had a really good first day of hiking. We are in the vicinity of 13,000 feet. Everybody did really well. We are about to enjoy a nice dinner cooked by our amazing cook, Alejandro. Tomorrow we will visit Incan ruins and the Inca Calendar. and will keep you posted when we get to the next camp.

RMI Guide Elias de Andres Martos

Elias de Andres Martos calling in from the Machu Picchu Trek.

Just want to shout out a big “HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MICHAEL”, we’ll celebrate when you get home. love, Patsy & Bob

Posted by: Patsy Hollie on 8/2/2014 at 12:44 pm

Machu Picchu:  Elias and Team Visit the Sacred Valley of the Incas

Good evening!

We’re writing from our hotel in Cuzco after a full day of visits along the Sacred Valley of the Incas. With the city of Ollantaytambo as the pinnacle of the day, we also had the time to pet the llamas and alpacas of a South American Cammel’s zoo we visited. The walking we did among the different Inca ruins we visited along the Urubamba river, between elevations of 9,000 and 12,000 ft, continued to help us acclimate to the altitude.
Tomorrow, an early departure (4am) will bring us to the trail head to start our trek towards Machu Picchu… a week filled with great trail hiking awaits!

Our next post will be from the trails.

Best regards,

RMI Guide Elías and the team

Machu Picchu: Elias and Team Explore Cusco

Greetings again from Cuzco,

We had a great first day of official activities, with a morning packed of visits to the main monuments of the city. From the amazing, earthquake proof Inca walls of Koricancha, to the 16th Century Cathedral, we did also, without noticing, start our acclimatization process by stretching our legs across this ancient city.  Gear check and hike briefing with our local outfitter filled the afternoon.  We look forward to yet another day of discovery, along the Sacred Valley Of The Incas tomorrow.

Best regards,
RMI Guide Elías and team

Machu Picchu: Elias and Team Arrive in Cusco

Buenas tardes from Cusco,

The 2014 Machu Picchu trek has started! All members have arrived to the former capital of the Inca Empire…really excited to launch the first edition of this trek, where we will travel a combination of the Salkantay and Inca trails into the citadel of Machu Picchu.

We have just held our initial meeting and are now ready to hit the restaurant for dinner. We’re doing so on the early side to allow for an early bed time, well deserved after the many hours of international travel. Tomorrow, we’ll have a morning tour to discover the sights of this incredible city.  While exploring Cusco, we will also start acclimatizing since we’re about 10,000 ft above sea level.

Best regards from Peru, and stay tuned for tomorrow’s post!

RMI Guide Elias de Andres Martos

Ramona and Michael It was good talking to you yesterday and guess it will be a while before I do again. Hope that you’re enjoying the trail. Love, Momma

Posted by: Patsy Hollie on 8/1/2014 at 8:53 pm

Can’t wait for all the updates. Be safe and have fun! Oh and “GO TEAM JUNELL!!”

Posted by: Beverly on 7/30/2014 at 9:57 am

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