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Heart of the Andes: My Small Group Trek Through Peru

As a cardiologist, my life often revolves around the intricacies of the human heart, both metaphorically and literally. But even the most passionate heart healer needs a break sometimes. 

That’s why I recently embarked on an exhilarating small group tour to Peru, not only to explore the breathtaking landscapes but also to reconnect with the rhythm of adventure and the beat of new friendships.

My Small Group Tour Adventure to Machu Picchu

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Picture yourself in the midst of a spectacularly rich experience in the Andean Mountains! As a tourist, I immersed myself in the vibrant Inca culture while hiking 43 kilometers through the stunning Andes. Over four unforgettable days, I followed the original Inca Trail, culminating in a breathtaking sunrise arrival at Machu Picchu.

Day 1: Cuzco - Huacawasi, Peru

The journey began at the crack of dawn as we were whisked away from our cozy hotel in Cuzco towards the village of Lares, our starting point for the trek. En route, a pit stop at the vibrant village of Calca offered a glimpse into local life and a chance to stock up on supplies, including bread to share with the children we’d meet along the way. 

After indulging in the soothing embrace of the hot springs and a sumptuous lunch prepared by our talented cooks, we embarked on our uphill hike to Huacawasi, where the warmth of hospitality awaited us.

Day 2: Huacawasi - Ollantaytambo, Peru

Fuelled by a hearty breakfast, we ventured forth towards the lofty pass of Ipsy Qocha, standing sentinel at 4400 meters above sea level. 

The ascent was arduous but rewarded us with panoramic vistas of majestic mountains, grazing llamas, and the patchwork quilt of agricultural lands below. After a well-deserved lunch by the serene lagoon of Ipsy Qocha, we descended to Patacancha and journeyed onward to Ollantaytambo, where history whispered secrets in the ear of every ancient stone.

Day 3: Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes, Peru

With the first light of dawn, we embarked on a train journey to Km 104, the starting point of the Royal Inca Trail. 

Trekking through time and terrain, we encountered the enigmatic ruins of Chachabamba and the awe-inspiring majesty of Wiñayhuayna, before reaching the fabled Sun Gate, Inti Punku, where Machu Picchu revealed itself in all its mystical glory. As dusk descended, we retreated to the quaint town of Aguas Calientes, where the promise of tomorrow’s adventure hung in the air like a whispered secret.

Day 4: Aguas Calientes - Cuzco, Peru

Anticipation danced in our hearts as we boarded the early morning bus to Machu Picchu, eager to explore the ancient citadel before the crowds descended. Guided by the wisdom of our local guide, we immersed ourselves in the rich tapestry of Incan history and marveled at the architectural wonders that stood the test of time. 

With spirits soaring and memories etched in our minds, we bid farewell to Machu Picchu and retraced our steps back to Cuzco, our hearts full and our souls rejuvenated by the magic of Peru.

Final Word

My journey through Peru was more than just a trek through breathtaking landscapes and ancient ruins; it was a journey of the heart. Amidst the rugged beauty of the Andes and the timeless allure of Machu Picchu, I found moments of serenity, camaraderie, and introspection that reminded me of the boundless capacity of the human spirit. 

As I return to my practice, I carry with me not only memories of adventure but also a renewed appreciation for the rhythm of life and the beat of new friendships forged along the way. Peru has left an indelible mark on my heart, and for that, I am forever grateful.

Check out Bamba Travel’s free small group tour to Inca Trail itinerary below:

Guest post written by Kaysar Roque

Meet Dr. Kaysar, a dedicated cardiologist with a passion for healing hearts and exploring the world. When he’s not in the operating room saving lives or conducting groundbreaking research, you’ll find him charting new territories across the globe.