Machu Picchu – Getting There is Half the Fun

There are two main ways to get to Machu Picchu with variations on each. You can hike for four-five days along the Inca Trail or you can take the train to Aguas Calientes followed by a bus ride or a moderately challenging 90-minute trek to the sanctuary.

View from the train to Machu Pichu
Excuse the reflections and Admire the Exquite View from the Train!

After three days in the Sacred Valley, we opted for a hybrid route. We took the train  from Ollantaytambo to the prosaically named  Km 104 station (so-named because of its distance from Cusco).  If you blink, or nod off, you could definitely miss it! Continue reading “Machu Picchu – Getting There is Half the Fun”

Peru |Highlights of the Sacred Valley

Peru’s Sacred Valley took my breath away – literally and figuratively. The valley floor is at 3000 meters above sea level outside of Pisac and descends over its 100 kilometers to just above 2000 meters near Machu Picchu. Also known as the  Urubamba valley, its namesake river meanders the entire length and irrigates the otherwise arid region.   Continue reading “Peru |Highlights of the Sacred Valley”

2017 – a Wonder-Full Year

Many believe that January was named for Janus, the Roman god of gates and beginnings, usually portrayed with two faces: one looking back and other forward. It seems only fitting to begin this year with an overview of  2017 and some plans for 2018. With trips spanning four continents and including one of the most remote places on earth, 2017 was a banner year. Scroll down for highlights from the past twelve months and click on links for more info.  Continue reading “2017 – a Wonder-Full Year”

Enthralled by the Eclipse

Living in the “Path of Totality” seemed to be more aggravating than exciting over the year leading up to the eclipse on August 21st.  The only hotel rooms available were going for outrageous prices, rental cars were sold out in the entire western area, grocery stores double stocked in preparation for what locals came to call the ApocEclipse. Much to everyone’s delight, the hordes did not materialize, supplies didn’t run out, the skies were clear and the Eclipse was absolutely phenomenal. Continue reading “Enthralled by the Eclipse”

Sheik Lotfollah Mosque, Isfahan, Safavid Era, travelmagnolia.me

Iran | A Virtual Visit

If I have learned anything from current events, it is that one cannot and should not equate the words or actions of a government (or its leader) with its people. Not everyone in Great Britain voted for Brexit, for instance.  Before I went to Iran, many friends and family members expressed dismay and disbelief that I would travel there.  Continue reading “Iran | A Virtual Visit”

Anticipation – Pre-Trip Prep

Summertime and the living is  wonderful in Jackson Hole. With so much to do in my fabulous backyard, I won’t be venturing afar or for long. A wedding in Boston,  a few days in Montana, and a return to our favorite ranch in the  Rocky Mountains are the only excursions over the next few months. Come autumn and I’ll be off again on some big adventures. In the meantime, I’ll be getting ready.  Continue reading “Anticipation – Pre-Trip Prep”

Boston – Better than Ever

One of the oldest cities in the United States (although a relative youngster globally), Boston has managed to retain its historic charms and increase its attractions. In fact, one of my favorite places in Boston is not even ten years old!  The Greenway  is 1.5 mile ribbon of parks constructed above the Central Artery Tunnel, popularly referred to as the Big Dig. [Full disclosure: I served on the Greenway Board of Directors for six years!] Continue reading “Boston – Better than Ever”

Charming Charleston, South Carolina

Husk Planter copyOne day in Charleston and it is easy to understand why this city continually garners accolades and tops many “Best of” charts, including Travel and Leisure World’s Best City 2016.  Charleston is steeped in history and tradition. The city was founded in 1670 (which makes it old by U.S. standards) and is famous for its well-preserved architecture, distinctive cuisine and the locals’ deeply-ingrained hospitality.   Continue reading “Charming Charleston, South Carolina”