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The main highlight in Peru was our 5 day Trek through the Salkantay Mountain Range with the final destination being Machu Picchu.

This was by far the most difficult trek/hike I've ever done, my first real High Altitude experience.

We were in a group of 11, ages ranging from 25 - 62, and we had 2 guides. Ironically, 8 of the 11 from our group were Canadian! Two were from the USA, and 1 was from England.

We all got along tremendously, we couldn't have asked for a better group of people. And the guides we fantastic too - all in all an A+ experience.

We were warned about altitude sickness, and it struck many of us in the group. People experienced nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headaches, shortness of breath...it was difficult. We were advised to spend 2 or 3 days in Cusco first, so our bodies could adapt. By the time the trek began, my body was fine - thank goodness!

Believe it or not, we reached a height of almost 15,000 feet!! Not many people get to hike at that level, so it was an honor to say the least. At those altitudes oxygen is about 30-35% less available, so shortness of breath and breathing becomes difficult.

As for the trek itself, the scenery was amazing. The photo you see here is the camp site location on Day 1. The scenery only gets better from here :) I'll show another photo in my next post.

If you ever want to hike to Machu Picchu, I highly recommend the Salkantay Trek. The most famous trek is the "Machu Picchu" but i learned that its about 80% STAIRS!!! Yikes! (and most people don't know that when they sign up for it months in advance)

On this Salkantay Trek, you're actually passing through high altitudes with dramatic mountain scapes and also through lower altitudes with Jungle type of landscapes, it has the best of everything.

I hope you'll enjoy these photos.
Cheers
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PS
As I look at the photo after posting it, the colors are dulled compared to the photo I have on my laptop. This has happened a few times on TE. Not sure why.

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