The Team

Susan Carder
Mary Ann Foster
Chandra Kudsia
Dev Kudsia
Rajeev Kudsia
Peter Troop
Kathy Yates

Trek Leader
Sanjay Saxena

Peruvian Guides
Guido Huaman
Lixayda Vasquez


Arrival Day - Lima
Sacred Valley
Trek Day 1
Trek Day 2
Trek Day 3
Trek Day 4
Trek Day 5
Trek Day 6
Machu Picchu
Last Day in Peru

Featuring the Mountain Lodges of Peru
October 25 to November 7, 2013

Greetings from the trekking group to Peru.

Sunday, November 3rd – TO AGUAS CALIENTES (6,200ft) - LAST DAY OF TREKKING

Tour Schedule: After an early start and a hearty breakfast, we tackle the last day of our trek. We head uphill for 2-3 hours into the clouds towards Llactapata Pass (2,700 m/8,900ft). This is a strenuous uphill section, albeit one rewarded with some astounding views. At the top of the pass, we take a few moments to rest and have a snack from our prepared lunch packs. We then continue on and start our descent, through beautiful jungle landscapes (again, keep an eye out for several varieties of wild orchids). Glancing through openings in the forest canopy, we come upon a distant but quite special and rare view of Machu Picchu from the southwest, a view few tourists ever glimpse. We then happen upon an added value - the wonderful partially excavated Llactapata Ruins, which have recently been restored. Lunch is provided at the observatory, in view of Machu Picchu – quite simply astounding. We then begin our final descent to the Aobamba River through lush bamboo forests and more orchards and coffee plantations (a 2-3 hour descent). We then walk along the river to the hydroelectric station, where we join locals and trekkers coming from other trails to board the train for the scenic 30-minute ride to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Town). On arrival in Aguas Calientes, we will check into our hotel, the Inkaterra, set in lovely grounds across the river from the main section of town. We will join together for dinner and reminisce about our trekking experience and the fabulous Mountain Lodges, as well as discuss our big plans for tomorrow – our visit to Machu Picchu. Today’s trekking time is approximately 4-6 hours. The trek has a challenging uphill section and some challenging descent sections, with moderate stretches in between.

with the staff at Lucma Lodge - our chef and his assistant are on the right - they trekked with us,
serving delicious meals all the way through

From the Kudsia Brothers:
This is our final strenuous hike. 2000 foot ascent followed by a 3000 foot descent. The climate in the cloud forest is warm and humid, luckily most of this hike was in the shade. We reached the pass, which was very different from the Salkantay pass of course. The former highlighted by large trees and greenery, the latter by snow capped glaciers. We have really lucked out with fantastic weather and on this hike we got our first glimpse of Machu Picchu! If it was too cloudy we likely would not have seen it.

Our first views of Machu Picchu - rarely seen view of the Inca City from the west

Machu Picchu with 'Happy Mountain' in the back

Our lunch (absolutely the best one on the trek) was served at the Observatory looking out at Machu Picchu with Wanyu Picchu mountain on the left, the Happy Mountain behind – another amazing site.

our last view of Wanyu Picchu, that features in the classic 'postcard' photo of Machu Picchu.

We descended down to the river and picked up the train to the city of Machu Picchu. We bid goodbye to Lixayda, who was headed back to Cusco now that the trek was over, and boarded a private car on the train.

Mary Ann, Susan & Guido on the suspension bridge that marks the end of our trek

The train ride provided many spectacular views of the mountains and the raging river that runs through this region. We arrived in the city to pouring rain and scampered to our hotel where some of us took advantage of the hot tub and then had dinner at the Inca Terra Café.