Ten years ago, we had booked a trip to Machu Picchu. We planned to hike the Inca trail to the site and stop in other Sacred Valley sites along the way. That happened to be about the time that things took a turn, and economic “uncertainty” caused us to cancel the trip. (No worries, they let us apply the deposit to a much more economical trip—and we ended up kayaking in the Sea of Cortez the following year—not too shabby!) In any case, it took us these ten years to finally get to Machu Picchu, long near the top of our bucket list.
Since it is now ten years, one bad knee and one bad hip later, we didn’t hike the entire way on the Inca Trail. We took the combination bus/train route from Cusco, and all of our hiking took place in the ruins themselves. Perhaps it’s because getting here was a dream deferred, but it was magnificent, gorgeous, and almost overwhelming. When we arrived it began to pour heavy rain, and we thought our good traveler’s luck had let us down. But after the extremely scary bus ride in the rain from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu—about 20 minutes of sheer terror—we got to the gateway just as the clouds started to lift and the sun came out.
The astounding scenery of the cloud forest and the mysterious ‘lost city of the Incas,’ about which we still know very little, was well worth the wait. No more chatter. Just enjoy the photos.
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