Lost City of the Incas
“In the variety of its charms and the power of its spell, I know of no other place in the world which can compare with it.”
-Hiram Bingham, ‘discoverer’ of Machu Picchu-
My husband and I had the wonderful opportunity of visiting Machu Picchu, Peru this year. This place has been on my bucket list for years and I was thrilled when we finalized the trip. It was a packed 7 day adventure where we spent nights in several cities, multiple hotels and took many modes of transportation. It was worth every second.
We started in Scared Valley, a quaint little city located 12,000 ft above sea level. Despite many articles and traveler advice, we didn’t experience any issues with the altitude. Of course, we needed a day to acclimate, but the experience of adjusting to such heights brought with it adventures in and of itself. What we first noticed was how winded we got just by taking a few steps, or even talking too much at once. But our excitement paired with the beauty of this place, didn’t stop us from exploring, hiking, and drinking local beer the moment we arrived.
After a couple days exploring Sacred Valley, the moment I had been waiting for had arrived. I felt like a kid on the way to Disney World. The train ride over was amazing. Passing through lush green valleys, snow capped mountains and little farms.
We arrived at the bottom where we boarded the bus that would take us there. I was smiling from ear to ear. To this day I cannot forget the feeling as we drove up to Machu Picchu. The higher we got, the more the more stunning it became. The way the mountains stretched for miles on end and wrapped themselves around this little city, intricately built at the peek of Machu Picchu was beyond anything I have every seen or experienced in my life. We toured for about 2 hours and went off on our own and hiked up to the Sun Gate, it was an exhausting hour long hike up, but so worth it. The view, the feeling, the energy of this place is inexplicable. No pictures or words do this place justice.
Our last stop was Cuzco city. Each city we visited was so different from the last. Cuzco was gorgeous; cobble stone roads, beautiful architecture, bustling markets and delicious food. We spent a couple nights and explored different corners of the city. I’m not one for all day group tours as I feel it takes away from the experience, and doesn’t allow you to immerse yourself in the culture, so we looked for our own restaurants based on local recommendations.
This trip has easily gone down as one of my favorites. And to top things off, we enjoyed one of the most exquisite dining experiences in Lima; Astrid y Gaston. A rather pricey option, but this place came highly recommended and since we were celebrating our one-year anniversary, we used that as an excuse. 😉
If you ever have the chance, I highly encourage you to add this trip to your list of places to go. It’s truly and unforgettable experience, and a place you have to see and feel for yourself.