4 Day Trek to Machu Picchu


When Ash and I travel, our goal is to try and totally immerse ourselves in the culture. We always do a cooking class/dinner party of some kind to help us understand their food, the different uses of ingredients, and the etiquette. We also try to stay in traditional housing instead of hotels. On top of this, we’re adventure junkies and if we can combine understanding the culture with doing something fricken awesome, we’ll definitely do it.

Typically after each major track meet at the end of the season (World Championships/Olympics) we would stick around the area and travel. After the London Olympics, we backpacked around Europe for 3 weeks, staying in hostels (where we fought off some bed bugs), went canyoning in Switzerland, and slept on the streets of Venice where we got eaten alive by black flies. We went to Dubai for our honeymoon and got taken out into the dessert to tear around on the dunes and enjoy an amazing Middle Eastern dinner by a Hells Angel. We went to Japan, slept on the floor of a ryokan inn and ate all kinds of unknown food. Then in 2016 we headed to Peru. Since I wanted to be focusing on the Olympics, I had Brianna Glenn (who owns Milk + Honey Travels) plan our trip for us. We told her we loved adventure, the outdoors, and “thrilling type shit”.

She definitely gave it to us! We spent 3 nights in the Amazon, doing day AND night hikes and sleeping in an open air room where animals crept in and pooped on our floor during the night. We stayed in one of the top 3 most extreme hotels in the world (Sky Lodge Adventure Suites) in the Sacred Valley where we rock climbed up and zip lined down. And, of course, she sent us on the 4 day Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu, which was the one thing we requested to do. It was super awesome and we learned so much about these badass Inca people.

Our parents think we’re fricken nuts for not wanting to just sit and relax on a beach somewhere. While this is nice, it’s not us. We’d get antsy after a day and want to go out and do something. So if any of you have some epic adventure trips you’ve done that you think we’d like, please tell us in the comments below!! Some of the top to-do adventures on our list include: hiking in New Zealand, checking out India, heading to Antarctica, and Ash really wants to see Mongolia. Australia, Thailand, Indonesia, Greece & Egypt are also on our list.

Enjoy the rest of the week you guys. Happy October & upcoming Thanksgiving to all my Canadians!!

 

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13 thoughts on “4 Day Trek to Machu Picchu”

  • Thanks for sharing your awesome adventure! I’m with you – I can’t imagine sitting on a beach. You’re making me want to pack my bags. You should add a camping safari to your list. Me and my BFF camped in national parks in Kenya and Tanzania, ate traditional foods and most importantly, saw tons of native wildlife!!! It was amazing!! The Galapagos is next on my bucket list.

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    • Hi Katie. Yeah we did a Kenyan safari last year. It was AMAZING! I would love to go for the migration though.

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  • If you guys are looking for travel tips you should chat with my brother! Him and his wife are also adventure junkies. They have lived in Asia and Europe and have travelled all over the world. He says New Zealand and India are both awesome and he would also recommend Sri Lanka and the Gobi desert in Mongolia as some of his favourites.
    Good luck this weekend!

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    • Sounds like he’s been A LOT of places. Will definitely reach out to get in touch with him the next trip we plan.

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  • Since you asked…….of all the trips we’ve done I’d highly recommend Tanzania! A trip out to the Serengeti during the migration and Ngorogoro Crater and stay in a tent camp in the Serengeti. You’ll be blown away. Then head to Zanzibar, stay on the beach in the north part, snorkel, scuba dive, lay in the sun. Then head back to the southern part of Zanzibar and stay in Stonetown at Zanzibar coffeehouse. Stone town looks intimidating and the “streets” are a maze to ty and figure out but the people are really nice and helpful. Find a guide to do a spice tour while there. You’ll want to go back if you do this trip. Oh, almost forgot on the way to the Serengeti try and get the driver to get you to the hot springs and waterfall on the side of Kilimanjaro. That whole thing is done in a day on the way and well worth the side trip! You’ll fall in love with Tanzania! If you decide to dot his one let me know and I have the name of the guide service we used and my daughter may still be living there, a former Mt. View grad who lives in Dar Es Salaam and could offer tips.

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  • Brianne and Ashton…First of all, I was saddened to read that you guys are leaving the great state of Oregon. As a native, I can’t imagine living anywhere else. However I wish you well and good fortune on your new adventure in Sanfrancisco.
    Although my overseas travels are somewhat limited, I have had many wonderful adventures in and around central Oregon where I grew up. I have been an avid hiker for many years, and have discovered and continue to discover the joys of hiking in the Oregon Cascades. The gorgeous vistas that one encounters are truly transformative. I had an opportunity to hike a section of the Pacific Crest Trail with a friend last Summer and the memories I have of that adventure will forever be with me…

    I thoroughly enjoyed following you and Ashton’s track careers. The both of you have made me extremely delighted to have that Oregon connection with you.

    Sincerely,

    Daniel Shoop, Bend, Oregon

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    • Hi Daniel,
      Thanks so much for the nice message. We love hiking and Ashton always talks about doing the Pacific Crest Trail someday. I bet you it was amazing. Thanks for following our career and being a fan.
      – Bri

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  • Recommend hiking in national parks in Finland. And cross=country skiing in Lapland is amazing (March or April). Mountains in Romania. Scotland + islands up north. Sumava national park in the Czech Republic. Poland Mazury lakes. Karpats. And many more 🙂 Traveling is amazing.

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