Winter in Chicago tends to overstay it’s welcome and this spring has been especially dreary. My friend Christine and I had had enough and booked last-minute flights to Arizona to escape the cold. We thrived in all of our “basic” glory by hiking, brunching and working on our tans. The perfect vacation trifecta if you ask me.
We started the weekend by hiking the Piestewa Peak Summit Trail on Saturday morning around 7:45am and the trail was fairly crowded as you would expect on a weekend. This 1.9 mile hike was gradual in spots and steeper in others. It took us about 1 hour and 15 minutes to get to the top with frequent stops for water and photo ops. I hadn’t hiked since the Inca Trial last spring and my legs and lungs were burning most of the way! Continue reading “First Time in Scottsdale, AZ | Suitcasey”
Congrats on booking your Inca Trail trek! If you’re traveling with a tour operator, they will provide most of the camping items for you. You can typically rent sleeping pads, sleeping bags, inflatable pillows and walking sticks through the operator for a very small fee. I think it’s definitely worth not having to bring everything down to Peru in a suitcase!
I hiked the trail in May and the weather was very nice. Warm during the day and cooled off at night with hardly any rain. We were able to give our porters ~7kg per person for them to carry. Here is a complete list of the things I needed and used throughout the trek. Continue reading “Inca Trail Packing List”
Last fall, my bestie and world travel partner Lindsay and I spontaneously booked an 8-day trip to Peru. This would be our second trip with the company Under30Experiences that specializes in group travel for young adults. If you’re wary about navigating a foreign country alone or don’t have the time to plan the logistics of a trip, I could not recommend Under30 enough. I won’t run you through the complete itinerary because you can visit their site for that but in this post I will speak to my experience hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
If you are going to visit Machu Picchu and you’re relatively outdoorsy and physically fit, I will tell you right now to HIKE THE TRAIL.
It was one of the hardest and best things I’ve ever done. I had very little hiking experience but others in our group who were more experienced (and in better shape) said that they found it to be challenging as well. That said, these 4 days of sore muscles and awe-inspiring views were some of the most rewarding of my life. Continue reading “Hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu”