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The Kristin’s Backpack Show Episode 3: Local Traveling

We made it to New Zealand!  My first trip to Australasia.  It’s been great fun so far, especially if you get to see me battle with these fierce winds and constant changes in weather within one day!

Live from Brown’s Bay in Auckland, with Rangitoto Island in the background, I decided to finally film Episode 3.  I briefly dive into two ideas of “local traveling.”  Have a look!

 

The Kristin’s Backpack Show Episode 2: Machu Picchu

Time has been flying! The big trek that we had talked about for the past six months–the Inca Trail— has come and gone, and now our days left in South America are numbered.

I wanted to make the Kristin’s Backpack Show Episode 2 from a sweet spot atop Machu Picchu, but unfortunately with the downpours of rain and the unstoppable parade of tourists in every nook and cranny, we only managed to film a couple of minutes, which leaves the rest of the episode to the written form.

Honestly, to admit my ignorance, I didn’t even know what Machu Picchu was until our South America research began. And throughout these past four months on the road, I became increasingly nervous about doing the hike due to my health, my lack of fit and awesome athletic body, and my nervousness of climbing at a high altitude. I got to the point where I wanted to grab my invested cash, put it towards something else, and just hop aboard the train for a day visit to the old Inca mountaintop city.

Thank goodness I didn’t succumb to my fear. My four days on the Inca Trail were some of the most memorable of the entire trip.

We went with a reputable Peruvian company called SAS, and highly recommend it to anyone looking to do this amazing trek. It’s pricey, but worth every penny.

The night before we set out is when the excitement decided to hit me. I finally felt the anxiousness to get on the trail and complete this unfortgettable mission. I would be pushng my body to the limit, but at that moment, decided that if I just put my mind to it with a positive attitude, I could do it!

And here are 7 reasons why you, also, should set foot on the Inca Trail:

 

1. Obviously, reason number one is that you get to see the amazing ruins of Machu Picchu city as well as other ruins along the way with incredible views.

But also,

1. You get to feel the pride of accomplishing a 40km trek at altitudes between 2300m and 4200m above sea level.

2. You get to move through amazingly beautiful landscapes from rain forests to cloud forests which present beautiful views of an assortment of flora.

3. You get a captivating history lesson about the Inca civilization as you walk down the exact paths that these very interesting people did so many years ago.

4. You get to meet incredible people in your group who are on the same mission.  You work together to make sure everyone gets to the top! Lots of chatting, laughter, and encouragement ensue.

5. You get to meet unbelievably friendly and helpful guides who lend a hand at any moment and share their knowledge of the area.

6. You get to meet superhuman porters.  Seriously, these guys do the entire trek with crazy loads on their backs: chairs, tents, OUR sleeping bags and extra personal items.  And they still manage to beat us to each checkpoint ready with warm water to wash our faces and a round of applause for accomplishing that day’s hike.

And last but surely not least,

7. You get to eat AMAZING Peruvian food for each meal.  I still rave about it!  Our chef was incredible, and they feed you exactly what you need to give you energy to keep going. Ex: hot tea delivered to your tent at 5am to wake you up.

It is an awesome 4 days spent pushing your limits and being a part of history.  Something to check of the Bucket List for sure!

Leave a question or comment if you want more information and suggestions for the tour!

 

The Kristin’s Backpack Show Episode 1

The Kristin’s Backpack Show debuts live from Rurrenabaque, Bolivia to discuss the do’s and don’ts of packing your backpack for a big trip.

Also, look below or click here for Tours in Bolivia Part 2 which talks about our amazing Pampas Tour into the Amazon jungle.

I’d love to hear your comments on the show, so please write any thoughts below. 🙂

Category Archives: The Kristin’s Backpack Show

The Kristin’s Backpack Show Episode 3: Local Traveling

We made it to New Zealand!  My first trip to Australasia.  It’s been great fun so far, especially if you get to see me battle with these fierce winds and constant changes in weather within one day!

Live from Brown’s Bay in Auckland, with Rangitoto Island in the background, I decided to finally film Episode 3.  I briefly dive into two ideas of “local traveling.”  Have a look!

 

The Kristin’s Backpack Show Episode 2: Machu Picchu

Time has been flying! The big trek that we had talked about for the past six months–the Inca Trail— has come and gone, and now our days left in South America are numbered.

I wanted to make the Kristin’s Backpack Show Episode 2 from a sweet spot atop Machu Picchu, but unfortunately with the downpours of rain and the unstoppable parade of tourists in every nook and cranny, we only managed to film a couple of minutes, which leaves the rest of the episode to the written form.

Honestly, to admit my ignorance, I didn’t even know what Machu Picchu was until our South America research began. And throughout these past four months on the road, I became increasingly nervous about doing the hike due to my health, my lack of fit and awesome athletic body, and my nervousness of climbing at a high altitude. I got to the point where I wanted to grab my invested cash, put it towards something else, and just hop aboard the train for a day visit to the old Inca mountaintop city.

Thank goodness I didn’t succumb to my fear. My four days on the Inca Trail were some of the most memorable of the entire trip.

We went with a reputable Peruvian company called SAS, and highly recommend it to anyone looking to do this amazing trek. It’s pricey, but worth every penny.

The night before we set out is when the excitement decided to hit me. I finally felt the anxiousness to get on the trail and complete this unfortgettable mission. I would be pushng my body to the limit, but at that moment, decided that if I just put my mind to it with a positive attitude, I could do it!

And here are 7 reasons why you, also, should set foot on the Inca Trail:

 

1. Obviously, reason number one is that you get to see the amazing ruins of Machu Picchu city as well as other ruins along the way with incredible views.

But also,

1. You get to feel the pride of accomplishing a 40km trek at altitudes between 2300m and 4200m above sea level.

2. You get to move through amazingly beautiful landscapes from rain forests to cloud forests which present beautiful views of an assortment of flora.

3. You get a captivating history lesson about the Inca civilization as you walk down the exact paths that these very interesting people did so many years ago.

4. You get to meet incredible people in your group who are on the same mission.  You work together to make sure everyone gets to the top! Lots of chatting, laughter, and encouragement ensue.

5. You get to meet unbelievably friendly and helpful guides who lend a hand at any moment and share their knowledge of the area.

6. You get to meet superhuman porters.  Seriously, these guys do the entire trek with crazy loads on their backs: chairs, tents, OUR sleeping bags and extra personal items.  And they still manage to beat us to each checkpoint ready with warm water to wash our faces and a round of applause for accomplishing that day’s hike.

And last but surely not least,

7. You get to eat AMAZING Peruvian food for each meal.  I still rave about it!  Our chef was incredible, and they feed you exactly what you need to give you energy to keep going. Ex: hot tea delivered to your tent at 5am to wake you up.

It is an awesome 4 days spent pushing your limits and being a part of history.  Something to check of the Bucket List for sure!

Leave a question or comment if you want more information and suggestions for the tour!

 

The Kristin’s Backpack Show Episode 1

The Kristin’s Backpack Show debuts live from Rurrenabaque, Bolivia to discuss the do’s and don’ts of packing your backpack for a big trip.

Also, look below or click here for Tours in Bolivia Part 2 which talks about our amazing Pampas Tour into the Amazon jungle.

I’d love to hear your comments on the show, so please write any thoughts below. 🙂

Awards

Kristin’s Backpack won 1st Prize for TESL Ontario’s 2011 ESL Week Blog Contest.
About Me


Welcome to Kristin’s Backpack! I jumped on the blogging bandwagon in 2010 to share my Canadian-theatrical-backpacking perspective on my world adventures. With my return to Canada, I will continue to dig into my pockets and reflect on life as it has come to involve Teaching, Travel, and Theatre. Time to unzip the pockets!
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Looking for some interesting reading material? Check out my Reading Picks and Bookworm post for some ideas! 

               
This is what summer is all about- finished a book yesterday and am on to the next today.  I just opened The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill, which has been on my shelf for ages.  I have been extremely interested in reading accounts that stem from true stories in a dark history that is often swept to the side.  
At the same time, I have been listening to The Maze Runner series as an audio book and have been extremely captivated by the young characters’ circumstances and their view on the world.  
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