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 1

Inca Trail – Day 1

Today is the day! We officially start out Trek of the Inca Trail, suffice to say we were all rather excited by this.

BTW if you are looking for an amazing tour company for the Inca Trail then you should definitely check out Amazonas Explorer and see if you get can Jimmy as your guide. Well worth the money and you really do not want to skimp on this part, trust me it makes all the difference.

After an early start we headed towards Ollantaytambo (2 / 2.5hrs travel by bus) to investigate the town and ruins located there.

After stopping to buy the last remaining items needed before starting the trek, we split up into 2 groups. One group looked around town and  got to see some of the local housing while the other group ascended the stairs of the ruins and have photos taken and listen to the history of the area.


Back in the bus we headed to the start of the trek, where we had lunch and met our porters for the trek.

Let me just say in hindsight these guys are fantastic and we couldn’t have done the trek without them.

They cook some real mean grub, let me tell you – in fact during the whole trek we ate fantastic food prepared by the chef and his assistant.

After a quick run down and the porters weighing the bags (They are allowed to carry 25kg – 21kg for the company and 4kg for their personal items) we headed off to the Check Point. At the check point we showed our passports and tickets and then crossed the bridge and we were off.

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It was approx 2pm at this stage so we walked for 3 or so hours till our first Camp site of the trek (Llactapata)

The camp site was situated 2,788m above sea level in between the valleys of Aobamba and the Salcantay.

This was next to ancient ruins and a running river, very magical.

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After getting settled into our sleeping tents, we had afternoon snack and then an hour and half later dinner.

We had our day 1 debriefing and day 2 briefing just after dinner and then took to our tents for a well deserved rest.

Thankyou SpamExperts

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

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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.

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.


Should I Climb Machu Picchu’s Huayna Picchu Mountain?

So I have been looking further into my trip to Peru in 2016, and I have read a lot of reviews online which highly recommend climbing Huayna Picchu while in Machu Picchu.

First thing to know, is that i’m not all that good with heights. In fact I would say I border quite close to being very much afraid of them.

But try as I might, I can’t get the thought out of my head. I think I really want to do this, just to prove to myself that yes, you can do it.

Some of the pictures floating about on other hikers blogs are just amazing.

I even found this two part video on YouTube, which shows the entire ascent and descent on video.

Ascent Link

Descent Link

I have talked myself into it, I’m going to do it. Wish me luck!

If you have any comments or advice, i’m all ears 🙂





So I’ve Done It – I’ve Signed Up!!!!!

Welcome to the inaugural post for my new blog.

This blog will cover my adventure in the lead up to, during and after the Leukaemia Foundation Machu Picchu 2016 Challenge.

I’ve officially signed up for the Challenge now. Many thanks to Sharni and Charlie @ Inspired Adventures for helping answer all my questions over the last couple of weeks.

Now to get busy fundraising and training for the trek.