The Machu Picchu Experience
In lieu of doing a full highlights post, I thought I’d switch it up a little this time to keep things fresh by doing a highlights video.
The Machu Picchu trek is a popular trip. There are tons of articles out there about the trek, how to plan it, what to do to prepare for it, and the different options for the trek itself. So, I won’t belabour the details here. Besides, I can’t fully remember all the little details like the name of the great restaurant we went to, or the name of a particular ruin that we visited (what with it being 3 years ago that I went). I’ll definitely provide those kinds of details in highlights posts for future trips though (ie. Japan!). For myself, I love reading blog posts on specific great spots to check out in a particular locale.
A few quick points on the most memorable experiences on the trek
In this instance though, I just want to entice those of you who haven’t gone to go. In spite of all the huffing and puffing and four days of no showering, it was a fantastic experience. The following are a couple of things that made the trip extra memorable:
- About a day and half into the trip, I realized that if I were to get severely sick or injured, there was no way out except for a long, strenuous hike by foot. There is no vehicle access for this trail, nor landing pad for an air rescue. The trail is narrow and steep in many places. I think our trekking guide at one point mentioned that a donkey could carry us back out (but it would take just as long as hiking by foot). This made me realize how much we take our city life for granted. We go about our lives in trust that if we were ever to get severely ill or injured, that we wouldn’t be without quick and easy access to medical attention and help. Out there, that really isn’t an option. In this way, the trek took me back in time a little. I got to experience what life must have been like back in the day without our modern day amenities.
- Standing amongst the ruins at Machu Picchu, I marvelled over how the Incas used to live in this castle at the top of the world. Machu Picchu is so far removed from other civilizations. It is amazing how the Incas managed to build it in their time. It is also a sobering experience to realize how many lives must have been spent to build such monumental structures.
- I challenged myself to a four day long hiking and camping trip. Let me put the emphasis on the fact that there were no showering and very limited toilet facilities. I am not a camping and no showering type. However, I put myself to the challenge, conquered it and was rewarded by extraordinary views of the expansive vistas of the Peruvian Andes. I cherish all of that. Thrown into the mix is a great group of grade school friends. I would not trade this trip for any other.
Some of these points may not sound so pleasant. However, I think it is these kinds of insights into another way of life that make travelling so great and a trip extra memorable. They are all new experiences for me and that’s partly what makes a trip fun. I hope you enjoy the video and that it will inspire you to take a trip to Machu Picchu yourself!
The highlights video
Here is the highlights video of our Machu Picchu trip in July of 2013: