People think we’re crazy. Who plans a 4-day, 26-mile hike and spends 3 nights in a tent to mark their 20th wedding anniversary? Maybe we are crazy (could this be a key to making it 20 years?), but this is just what Heather and I did. On May 24th we boarded a flight to Lima, Peru to connect up with our tour company, G Adventures. Our plan, hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and add another adventure to the journey we had started 20 years earlier.
Not to spoil the ending, but we made it! We survived the hike, the altitude, sleeping in a tent, AND NO SHOWER FOR 4 DAYS. In the process we learned new things about ourselves, each other, and those we traveled with. Most importantly we learned that the journey is the destination not only in marriage, but also on the Inca Trail.
Let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves though. This story starts many, many months before the actual journey…
The Man of the World Checklist
Meet Dave & Maria. They have successfully raised 3 boys. They’d probably say they didn’t get it all right. This may be true, but they got enough right to be a great example to anyone raising boys like Heather and I are. Between being a dad, financial advisor, and flying for Delta; Dave furiously works his “Man of the World” checklist.
Many people have a “bucket list” but few will ever check off as many items as Dave already has. Thanks to Dave’s list I have sailed in the British Virgin Islands, Belize, St Martin, and hopefully Puerto Rico this fall. I have also gone tuna catching (because fishing is boring) in the Gulf of Mexico, and sport clay shooting. All things that I may have never done without Dave’s insistence that I needed to try it, and that I am not getting any younger.
When Dave floated the idea of hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in 2017 I knew Heather and I would be all in for this trip. It was also atop our bucket list, and with our 20th wedding anniversary that year, what better way to mark the occasion?
Booking with G Adventures
Hiking the Inca Trail is highly regulated by the Peruvian government. Only 500 people are allowed to start the trail each day. This total includes guides, cooks, and porters. This means that less than 200 hikers start the trail every day. To get a hiking permit, you need to work with a tour company as far in advance as you can.
After talking to a few people that had completed this trip we settled on G Adventures as our tour company. On November 1, 2016 our travel agent booked our party of 10 people for the Inca Discovery Plus package. Our adventure would begin on May 24th. We would hit the Inca Trail on May 28th. We would arrive at Machu Picchu on May 31st.