Jay & I wanted to do something big to celebrate 10 years as husband & wife.
We initially thought we’d go to Africa…hike Kilimanjaro, safari in the Serengeti, unwind in Zanzibar, etc. But, with the financial uncertainty of me starting my own business this year, we decided to pursue something a little more budget friendly.
After much deliberation…we landed on Peru! We’ll be spending almost 4 weeks backpacking through this beautiful country. We are excited to disconnect from the rat race and spend some dedicated time reconnecting with each other.
12/14 Depart Denver
12/15 Arrive Lima, fly to Cusco
12/16 Moray Terraces & Salinas de Maras
12/17 Via Ferrata & Ziplining, Ollanta
12/18 Ollanta, train to Aguas Calientes
12/19 Machu Picchu Day 1
12/20 Machu Picchu Day 2, train to Cusco
12/21 Tipon (day trip from Cusco)
12/22 Bus Cusco to Chivay
12/23 Chivay, Colca Canyon
12/24 Colca Canyon, bus to Arequipa
12/25 Arequipa, fly to Lima, overnight bus to Huaraz
12/26 to 1/01 Huaraz (Hiking in the Andes)
1/02 to 1/05 Huanchaco (Beach time)
1/05 Fly to Lima, bus from Lima to Huacachina
1/06 Huacachina, then onto Paracas
1/08 Paracas, bus to Lima
1/09 Lima then flight to Mexico City
1/10 Fly Mexico City to Denver
I got a new backpack this year (Osprey Porter 30L). It’s a bit smaller than my previous pack, so I had to be a bit more selective in what I packed. I have a set process I use to pack.
- Credit card & debit card
- iPhone, charger, headphones
- Earplugs + eye mask
- Toothbrush + toothpaste
- Garmin + charger
- Luggage lock
- Black walking shoes
- Waterproof hiking shoes
- Rain jacket poncho + rain pants + Gortex socks + Gortex gloves
- Lightweight jacket
- Wool long sleeve
- 5 t-shirts
- 2 tank tops
- 5 black bottoms (pants, leggings, capris, skirt, shorts)
- 2 Hats
- Beanie, ear warmer, neck warmer, wool gloves
- Socks + underwear
- Toiletries + medications
- Travel towel
- Travel clothes line
- Headlamp + extra batteries
Our cat, Cali, tried to get into both of our packs while we were packing. I think she didn’t want to be left behind. Thankfully, a friend is staying in our place while we are gone, so she’ll have company.
She even climbed into Jay’s closet while he was packing. Something she hasn’t done since she was a lot younger.
We’ll miss you Cali. Hasta Luego!