Tuesday, July 21, 2015
It was an ambitious hike that offered an even finer view of Machu Pichu at 9,000 feet. I even perched myself on a rock to get the once in a lifetime shot which still gives me butterflies when I think about it and which sent my guide into a panic.
Lost City of the Incas. The mile long lines and throngs of tourists cannot dampen your enthusiasm when you see this ancient city discovered by Hiram Bingham in 1911. I caught a peek of the ruins through a stone window and when it appeared, I had to brace myself for its beauty and inspiration.
The high altitude (10,909 feet) hit me immediately when the plane touched down in Cuzco-head splitting headache, nausea, and disorientation. Coca products (tea, leaves, candies) didn't help when I climbed Pisac, but the awe of the military, residential and religious ruins made me realize the Incas were masters of architecture, especially building in difficult places.
Welcome to Peru! I used to sit in high school Spanish class and often glance at a poster of Machu Pichu. My dream finally came true this summer after I made the long trek to South America. My adventure with Overseas Adventure Travel(OAT) began in the historic, colonial heart of Lima, took me to the ancient cobblestone streets of Cuzco, and the ruin of all ruins, Machu Pichu.