"Machu Picchu was not on my bucket list, but it should have been."

Courtney Downs, One Day Inca Trail Trek, Ausangate Lodge to Lodge Trek, June 2016

Machu Picchu was not on my bucket list, but it should have been. I have been hiking in the U.S. with a group of friends for years and we decided to head to South America for the famous Machu Picchu Inca Trail. We wanted to fit in another great trek too, so we did one day of the Inca Trail and came into the Sun Gate for an extraordinary, unreal view, then spent two more days in the area hiking the surrounding mountains and exploring the actual site. Andean Treks then set us up for the Ausangate Treks with Andean Lodges. This week provided another incredible experience; absolutely breathtaking. Rainbow Mountain and reaching 17,000 ft were two of the highlights, but organization, care, and wonderful lodges really made the trip extra special. We felt well taking care of the entire time. Our guides, Cesar, Jesus, and Nick, could not have been friendlier and and were a joy to be around as well as highly informative. This ended up being the trip of a lifetime, unexpectedly, and Andean Treks, Daisy Hebb -our contact, and the full crew put together one of the most outstanding trips I've been on, and I have done quite a lot in my life! Thank you Andean Treks, and a big thank you to Daisy Hebb!

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