Machu Picchu trek raises thousands for charity

19th Dec 2012

Trekking holidays in Peru are one of the world's legendary travel experiences - and one woman has made her South America adventure even more memorable by raising almost £5,000 for charity.

Maria Langworthy, of Minster, Sheerness, trekked along Peru's Inca trail for 10 days to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.

She has raised £4,678 so far and that total is still increasing.

Maria revealed she was in a group of 40 for the trip and she praised the tour guides for their help and advice along the way.

The healthcare assistant prepared for her trip to Peru by taking up swimming in order to get her lungs in good shape before experiencing the high altitude of the stunning Inca surroundings.

Among the high-altitude highlights was a stop-off at Dead Woman's Pass, the highest point on the trail at a breathtaking 13,829ft above sea level.

It is not the first time the 25-year-old has raised money for charity in this way, having previously raised more than £4,000 for Cancer Research UK by walking the Great Wall of China in 2006.

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