Inca Trail – Day 5 – Machu Picchu

Inca Trail – Day 5 – Machu Picchu

Woke up feeling somewhat refreshed after a decent nights sleep and a hot shower.

The team made their way up from the Bus stop in Machu Picchu Town (Aguas Calientes) up to the Machu Picchu Ruins for our tour.


What an amazing place, the ruins are spectacular. After much climbing of stairs and descending stairs and taking all the photos we could, the group split up with one group continuing the tour and then heading back to town for a well deserved beer (Imagine which group I was in 😉 )  and the other group went up the Mountain.

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Now yes I did have a ticket to do the climb, but there was one thing that was painfully evident to me over the last four days is that I’m rather slow going up and I was also physically exhausted so I opted to not climb it.

Here we can see Vince and his ode to Pachacutec, the 9th Inca Emperor and probably the one who did the most for the Incas in terms of Expansion and Cultural advancements.



The group rejoined in town for our Lunch – An amazing place called Indio Feliz, the food was absolutely amazing. I opted for the quiche and the apple pie and ice cream for desert.  The team left feeling rather full for the train station.

We hoped aboard the train headed to Ollyntaytambo and settled in for a 2 or so hour train ride. We were in F Class, no idea what that means but it was good. We got drinks and a snack and later on the staff in that carriage put on an amazing fashion show showing off all the alpaca clothing available. OH and let me not forget the character that preceded the show, amazing 🙂

After arriving at Ollyntaytambo, we headed to our bus for the 2 and half hour ride back to Cusco.  Boy that was a long Bus Ride. Back in Cusco, we headed to our rooms to settle in. What an amazing day.

Inca Trail – Day 4

Inca Trail – Day 4

After a rather abysmal night, but an awesome sleep I woke up feeling somewhat refreshed.

Have a look at some of the photos I took while at our camp site, Phuyupatamarca. Located approx 3,650m above sea level – we were actually camping above the clouds!

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After having some  breakfast we set off on the final leg of our trip to the Sun Gate at Machu Picchu.

We have to descend from the “Place above the Clouds” and passed some ruins, as we continued onto lunch. Lunch was great, and it was there sadly we bid farewell to our lovely team of porters who had done such a fantastic job for us. What an amazing bunch of people.


Continuing along, we got towards the “Gringo Killers” a set of stairs aptly named if you ask me as they are exceptionally steep (approx 48 to 52 stairs in total).

After that it was just a short hike and one last final set of stairs until we we at our final destination – The Sun Gate (Machu Picchu). What an absolutely amazing view, and very emotional for all the team. We had all worked so hard to get here and finally, here it was.

After photo’s and relaxing for 10 /1 5 minutes we descended down to Machu Picchu and the Bus stop which would take us into Machu Picchu town. We got squared away in our hotel, went up stairs to level 6 for pre dinner drinks then headed off for our meal. There was a religious festival on as we walked up the street, with an entire parade going down the street. I wish I had brought my camera, some of the costumes and designs were simply out of this world.

After that we headed to bed – I woke up at about 1am and went for a little wander, having a bit of a look around and actually meeting one of the bar attendants from earlier in the evening at our hotel. Was a really nice guy, showed me around. Headed back to the room about 2am and got some more sleep.

Inca Trail – Day 3

Inca Trail – Day 3

Waking up today, we all knew it was going to be a big day for us. Today is the longest day km wise as well as ascending Dead Woman’s Pass, descending again and then climbing to our second peak of the day and descending.


After having our breakfast we set off on our way. Apparently Jimmy (our lead guide) thought it best I lead the group up the pass, a 2 or so hour ascend of the stairs to Dead Woman’s Pass. We all did amazingly well on this, and getting to the top of the pass was an achievement in itself. 4,200 meters above sea level. What an amazing view.

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Descending the stairs into the valley bellow, we then started our ascension to the next peak of the day.

After stopping here for a little while we started to go down again, noticing that the clouds were building. We are approx 45 minutes away from our lunch spot when the heavens opened and the deluge came down on us. It even caught the guides off guard since it usually doesn’t rain in May on the trek and if it does then its usually only spot rain.

Getting to our lunch spot, we were drenched / cold and I was feeling rather abysmal to say the least. After lunch the rest of the group headed to the camp site under the watchful eyes of 2 of the guides and myself and the other guide slowly made our way to the campsite.

Suffice to say it was a very very long day, and we finally made it into the camp site at 7:00pm – after resting and getting warm we had dinner, but I didn’t linger long as I was so tired. In bed I feel asleep and slept probably the best I had on the trek.

Inca Trail – Day 2

Inca Trail – Day 2

Waking up early, we had breakfast and set off on Day 2 of the trek.

First off we explored the ancient ruins near the camp site.


Day 2 was very challenging for me, I think the sheer enormity of what we were doing finally settled in and by about midday I was exhausted and suffering from the affects of Altitude Sickness. At the day 2 checkpoint I almost called it quits. I simply didn’t think I could do this.

Speaking with the lead Guide and the other guides they said that I could turn back and meet the team in Machu Picchu, but that they thought I had it in me to complete the trek. Hearing this, something inside just clicked and that was it – my mind was made up. This wasn’t going to beat me, I was going to make it all the way towards the end.

We made our way to the camp site on day 2 and got there about 4:30/4:45pm – the sunlight was just starting to retreat and it looked amazing.

Llulluchapampa was an amazing camp site located approx 3,680m above sea level.


During dinner we were asked to give some background on ourselves and what our motivations for the trek had been. Listening to all the stories the group had and the experiences with Leukemia was very humbling and all together a rather emotional section of the night. So so many brave and strong people in our group, all united by a common cause – to further Leukaemia research.

Bed time came, it was very cold during the night but I managed to sleep very soundly.


Thankyou SpamExperts

A great big thank you to SpamExperts  for joining with me in this great cause and becoming my latest Corporate Sponsor.

SpamExperts is a dutch based company who’s goal is to eradicate spam with their unique and well supported server software.

When I approached them earlier this month, they were delighted to assist with my cause.

Being a global company with global responsibilities they recognized that by supporting myself they are supporting the hundreds of thousands of sufferers all over the world with the hope of finding better treatment options and the support they and their families need to get through this and come out the other side.

For further information checkout their sponsor page located here.

New Corporate Sponsors

I have three brand new sponsors for my Trek in Peru for the Leukaemia Foundation and they are:

VentraIP has become my first Gold Sponsor, with Zuver and Synergy Wholesale taking Silver Sponsor options.

Still plenty of spots available in both Bronze and Corporate Donation packages, Silver package has a few spots left and Gold has 1 left. If your interested in sponsoring me, then drop me a line to and I will get back to you ASAP.

Remember this is to support a great cause, which is helping the Leukaemia Foundation to continue to provide their invaluable service to cancer patients and their families and fund research into blood cancer.

Go Karting and Laser Tag Day

Howdy All,

A new year and a brand new fundraiser. This time we are going Go Karting and playing laser tag as well to boot.

Cost of the ticket is $95 per person, with all proceeds going to the Leukaemia Foundation.

Venue is Le Mans Go Karting in Dandenong South.

Date and time are 7th February 2016 @ 11:30am

You can book tickets by visiting this url:

Let me know if anybody has any questions – this should be a ripper of a day.



Happy New Year!

Hi Everyone,

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Happy New Year 2016

Hope everybody had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Have a fantastic 2016 and do amazing things.

Thanks so much to everybody who has supported me with my Leukaemia Foundation Trek The Inca Trail in May of 2016.

It’s now only 4 month’s until the Trek to Machu Picchu starts and I have been training and fundraising madly.

Our sausage sizzle at Westfield Fountain Gate on the 12th December 2015 was a success with us raising over $220 for the Leukaemia Foundation which brings me over the $1,000 dollar mark so far.

A big thank you to everyone who has helped by assisting at the fundraisers on donating their money towards this great cause.

I’ll be making another post soon with further information about my fundraising activities.


Fundraising Events in South Eastern Suburbs of Melbourne

Just wanted to share that I will be announcing some fundraiser events in the next week or two to raise vital funds for both the travel costs of this challenge and the Leukaemia Foundation as well.

So far I’ve had a few ideas, if you would prefer to go to one over another then please let me know so I can work on those ideas first.

  • Movie Night at The Cinemas to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Aiming approximately for either the 19th or 20th of December starting 7pm.
  • Cocktail Party – Looking at “The Castle” in Dandenong, VIC as the Venue. Would go for approx 4 hours starting at 7pm. Food and Beverages, Entertainment, etc. Date would be in April 2016
  • Steak and Seafood night at one of our local restaurants in Beaconsfield, VIC.

Also have one HUGE idea, which if it can be pulled off would be an amazing event. Won’t go to far into details about it now, still in very early planning phase.

If you have any ideas or would like to go to one event over another please let me know – Simply click the contact me button in the menu and go from there 🙂