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Machu Picchu

We’ve just finished our trek with Salkantay trekking, we’ve all completed the momentous climb to one of the 7 wonders. We walked nearly 80km, To complete it we had to climb a mountain called the gringo Killer, it lived up to its name. Some students were on horses but we all made it to the 4600 m point, which is the highest point we would trek to.

We walked from the icy glaciers to the Peruvian rainforest within a day. We walked to the valley bottom but that only meant we had to walk back up on the very humid third day.

The fourth day we walked along the train tracks, the train tracks that are currently carrying us home. By the final day everyone is shattered and broken but a 4am birthday cake for Mable heightened spirits.


After queuing in the pitch black we finally started the 5km up hill stretch. 5km of stairs. By the time we reached Machu Picchu the sun had risen and the view of the forgotten world was amazing.

Overall despite the challenges mentally and physically we have all united and we made this life changing journey together with the help of our incredible guides.

The people of salkantay looked after our every need despite the early mornings and lack of toilet paper. Our chef Ivan was outstanding, consistent 3 course meals. I can imagine feeding 30 teenagers is a difficult task.

Many people found these 5 days the most enjoyable part of this journey, making friends for life.

– Scarlett, Eleanor, Jake

10 Responses

  1. Tracy Bramley

    What an incredible journey you have made! So proud, so envious! Well done to everyone – I feel emotional just reading about it! Really looking forward to seeing you soon xxx

  2. Alice and Nigel

    Sounds amazing, well done all of you. Can’t wait to hear all about it and hopefully see lots of photos. Enjoy your well earned rest days and see you all soon.

  3. Rob and Karyn

    A truly amazing journey. Well done everyone. Can’t wait to hear all the stories and see the photos. Enjoy your last few days.

  4. Michelle Bertucci

    Wow, well done to all of you. It sounds like an incredibly difficult trek that you have all achieved together. To see one of the seven wonders of the world is a very privileged thing to have done and will stay with you for the rest of your lives. Very proud of you Annise and the rest of your team X

  5. Sarah Braithwaite

    Wow that sounds incredible! What a fantastic experience! Vey envious and a little emotional reading this post. Well done all. Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday.

  6. Ann and Jim

    Wow! What a great experience, I too was emotional just reading it! Can’t wait to hear so much more about it when you get back.

    Hey, Olive, your wall is getting plastered as I write – what a homecoming!

    Enjoy your last days before you hit Ryedale once more.

  7. Clare Lally

    Well done everybody. You should be rightly proud of yourselves. Feel rather teary reading this blog. Did Rebekah and Barney manage to join you all? Safe journey home. Can’t wait to see you all at Heathrow on Saturday.

  8. Steve and Elaine tomlinson

    Well done to everybody! You have worked extremely hard, faced challenging experiences and hopefully helped improve the lives of people in Peru
    A truly memorable experience you will remember for ever. Enjoy these last few days. Can’t wait to see you Alahnya, hear all the stories and see all the pictures.

  9. Rod Anson

    Brilliant to read of all the adventures, work and experiences you’ve all embraced so heartily….the pictures have stirred so many memories…really looking forward to hearing all about it

  10. Jen and Andy

    What an amazing experience. Sounds like it was a hard climb but it will also be truly memorable. We are very proud of all your hard work and we are looking forward to seeing you on Saturday. Hope all the DofE walking helped you Leah. We are very proud of you.