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Hiking the Andes

From: Cynthia Graber
Length: 04:26

Reflections with sound of hiking the Inca Trail, poor Peruvian porters carrying our belongings.

Default-piece-image-0 Reporter Cynthia Graber had long dreamed of hiking the Inca Trail. She recently fulfilled that dream, going on a four-day trek in the mountains of Peru that ends at the ancient Inca city of Machu Picchu, one of the most famous archeological sites in the world. But she found the experience wasn?t quite as simple a pleasure as she had expected.

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Reporter Cynthia Graber had long dreamed of hiking the Inca Trail. She recently fulfilled that dream, going on a four-day trek in the mountains of Peru that ends at the ancient Inca city of Machu Picchu, one of the most famous archeological sites in the world. But she found the experience wasn?t quite as simple a pleasure as she had expected.

Broadcast History

Never aired on public radio. Aired on the World Vision Report in October, 2005. Evergreen piece.

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Reporter Cynthia Graber had long dreamed of hiking the Inca Trail. She recently fulfilled that dream, going on a four-day trek in the mountains of Peru that ends at the ancient Inca city of Machu Picchu. But she found the experience wasn?t quite as simple a pleasure as she had expected.

(SOUND OF GUIDE)
Early on a hot sunny morning, our tour guide Hugo starts us off on the hike. All around me, the mountains of the Andes stretch towards the cloudless blue sky.
There are ten of us on this hike, all tourists in our twenties and thirties. And we?re all full of energy. But I am nervous about the long, steep climbs ahead of me.
We have two Peruvian guides, one cook, and thirteen porters with us. The porters carry our clothes, tents, sleeping bags, even a dining tent. And enough food for everyone, for four days.
As we set off, the exhilaration I feel is slightly diminished by...
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