Inca-redible experience: Salkantay and Machu Picchu: part 1

The setting is Cusco, the time is 6:30pm the evening prior to a five day hike, via the mountain of Salkantay, to Machu Picchu. We participants had been informed we were to attend a briefing at the headquarters of Alpaca Expeditions, the agency in whose charge we had placed ourselves.  Most uncharacteristically, I arrived late…

Cusco, Peru 

After a brief layover in Lima airport, I boarded my internal flight to Cusco, the Andean city from which most tourist journeys to Machu Pichu typically begin. I had been advised by the tour company with whom I had booked to arrive a day or two before the start of my trek in order to…