Peru – Day 8 (5/24/2017)

Once again, the wake up call sounded more like a fire alarm than a wake up ring. This time, I was already up so no wetting the bed on this one. I got everything ready to head to Machu Picchu and went to breakfast.

We took a bus to the Sacred Valley and learned about the Inca traditions. This was one hell of a workout. I guess it was just preparing us for what was to come. We saw a home of a woman who still lives like they did during the Incan time. The traditions and ways of life can still be found here. After this, we caught the train to take us to Machu Pichhu. The train ride iteself was awesome. The views were incredible. To be surrounded by the Andes for so much of this trip, had been really cool. Once we de-boarded the train, we hopped onto another bus that took us up to Machu Picchu.

Machu Picchu. What can I say? Incredible! Amazing! Spectacular! Nothing can compare to it. We learned a lot about Machu Pichhu and the Incas here. The engineering that went into building this place and that so much of it is still standing, truly remarkable. A lot of it is still underground and also goes down the side of the mountain where we couldn’t get to. There are really no words that can describe it. Photos and videos do not do it any justice. You are immersed in the history of this ancient place and it’s surreal. It’s not a painting or a photo, it’s reality. You just look out and realize a place like this exists on this planet and you are apart of it in that moment. It’s got so much history and stories but everything is up for interpretation because the Incans had no written language. Nothing is documented, it’s all theories and stories passed down from generation to generation of what really happened and what Machu Picchu was intended for. The views were just awe-inspiring. I recommend everyone going at some point in their life. It’s a lot of walking and climbing but well worth the experience. It’s a beautiful place that is so peaceful despite all the people. If you want an experience like no other, go to Machu Picchu, you will not be disappointed. It’s better than anything you could ever imagine or dream of.

After a couple hours, we headed back to the hotel. We had a little time to relax before dinner. Dinner was, of course, great food again. I walked around the little town we were in with a few people from my group. Once again, the second trip out wandering, got lost. This time, I wasn’t alone and we found our way back. It’s a small place, hard to get really lost and I had some sense of direction. It was an interesting feeling to be walking, at night, right next to a huge mountain. More adventures is all this turned out to be. And lets face it, with me around, anything can be an adventure. Tomorrow, going back to Machu Picchu to climb to the Sun Gate.

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