When I told friends I was going to Peru their comments ranged from 'are you hiking michi uku' (or some other horrible pronunciation of Machu Picchu) to 'did you draw the short straw for vacation locations'. When friends Scott and Michele invited us to join them to Peru, I jumped at the opportunity. I knew nothing about Peru but loved hiking, the outdoors and traveling with Scott because as sole owner and customer of Honey Bee Travel, he loves figuring out all the logistics and I do is show up and hope I didn't pack too much.
Our Peru vacation was a two parter in extremely different environments.
Part 1 consisted of a two days in Cusco to acclimate to the altitude of 11,200ft before beginning the 5 day, 4 night trek over the Saltankay pass as high as 14,760ft and ending up in Machu Picchu.
Part 2 threw me into a hot, humid, buggy environment for 4 days in the Peruvian Amazon sleeping under mosquito nets, seeing macaws flying overhead and the wild night sounds of the jungle.