WELCOME TO OUR HONEYMOON PAGE
We’ve set this page up with the help of Black Tomato to tell you a little about our plans for our special trip in September. After all the excitement and build up to the wedding, we’ll be heading off on a truly amazing trip to Peru and Colombia where we can completely immerse ourselves in the wonderful culture and beautiful natural surroundings over there. We’ve set up this honeymoon donation page (aka the honeypot) for our friends and family who wish to donate towards our honeymoon. This will be the trip of a lifetime and a memory we will cherish forever, so we would love to think that our friends and family have helped to make it happen.
HERE IS WHAT WE HAVE PLANNED…
Our honeymoon begins in Lima, Peru, where we’ll spend our 2 first nights at the lovely boutique Hotel B in the Barranco district – a quirky corner of Lima with a seriously cool bohemian vibe. After exploring the Peruvian capital and recovering from our jet lag we’ll be catching a short flight to Cuzco, where we’ll rest our heads at El Mercado for the next 4 nights. We’ll spend our time here exploring the Inca ruins and markets.
Next up we’ll be heading to the Urubamba Valley where our first stop will be the small village of Chinchero, home to beautiful textiles, before we continue on to the Incan site of Moray and the nearby village of Maras. We’ll spend two nights at the Sol y Luna, set in the heart of the Sacred Valley to relax and acclimatise before our trek along the Inca Trail.
The Inca Trail
Day 1: Our trek begins in Piskacuchu (2700m/8856ft), a community based here on the railroad between Cuzco and Aguas Calientes and the starting point of the Inca Trail. We’ll begin our hike by crossing the bridge over the Urubamba River and following the shoreline through the Sacred Valley. Following the trail along a flat terrain, we will arrive in Miskay (2800m/9184ft) and ascend to view the impressive Incan city of Llactapata (2650m/8692ft). After this fantastic sight we will continue trekking along the valley created by the Kusichaca River, gradually climbing for about five hours until we reach the community of Wayllabamba (3000m/9840ft), where the first camp will be set up.
Day 2: Today we’ll begin the most difficult part of the trek, with a steep ascent that stretches for 9 km. Along this climb, the landscape changes as we travel to the first mountain pass, the Abra Warmihuañusca (Dead Woman’s Pass – 4200m/13776ft), where we’ll see domesticated llamas and alpacas and cross an area of the cloud forest. Immediately after the pass, we’ll descend into the Pacaymayo valley (3600m/11808ft), where the next camp will be set up.
Day 3: Today we’ll climb to the second pass, the Abra Runkurakay (3970m/13022ft), stopping half way up to visit the archaeological complex with the same name, before descending towards Yanacocha (Black Lagoon) and entering the cloud forest to finally arrive at the ruins of Sayacmarca (3624m/11887ft). We will then continue an easy climb to arrive at a third pass, the Abra Phuyupatamarca (3700m/12136ft). Here we’ll walk Incan paths semi-detached from the mountain and enter an Inca tunnel to the Abra Phuyupatamarca complex. This is one of the most complete and best-preserved archaeological complexes along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, and is located on the highest point of the mountain. We continue our trek down the long descending stone steps that lead us to Wiñay Wayna (2650m/8692ft), an impressive Inca complex made up of an agricultural center with numerous terraces, a religious sector and an urban sector, and close to which our next camp is located.
Day 4: Today is the final day of the Inca Trail – we will wake at 4am to leave Wiñay Wayna to climb to the Sun Gate, where our trekking will be rewarded with wathcing the sunrise over Machu Picchu, before descending to enter the site itself. We’ll then head down to the town of Aguas Calientes for some well deserved relaxation.
After our amazing 4 day hike to Machu Picchu, we’ll spend the night at Sumaq – the perfect place to stay to continue exploring Machu Picchu the following morning before catching the train back to Cusco, where we’ll spend our final night at El Mercado, before flying to Bogota. We’ll spend the final few 6 nights of our honeymoon relaxing at Deep Blue on San Andres Island. A total island paradise, we’ll enjoy the stunning scenery and unwind on the beautiful beaches, before heading back home.
HOW TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE HONEYPOT
If you would like to contribute to our travels in Peru and Colombia then please contact our honeymoon team by emailing them directly at [email protected] or via this email form, or alternatively please call 0207 426 9888. We really appreciate any contribution you would like to make and would like to say a big thank you in advance.