10 August 2015, 7:30 AM, there I was: Sweating and panting after climbing the stairs, finally the classic postcard view of Machu Picchu was real before me. I burst in tears of joy! I nailed it! I was in Machu Picchu, Peru! I felt on top of the world! Yeah, I kinda abuse exclamation marks here, but the feeling was indeed exclamatory at that time.
Peru is a country I always long to visit since I was a little girl obsessed with The Adventure of Tin Tin. South America always give me chill. I feel so adventurous just thinking about it right now 🙂 The urge to travel there just getting stronger as I grow up reading travel magazines and watching travel shows on cable. Peru, especially Machu Picchu go up to the top of my bucket list.
I am a sucker for ancient civilizations and their ruins, history and even myth. In the last two months before I went there, I made some time to “explore” Machu Picchu via YouTube videos. I searched everything I could learn about the history of Machu Picchu and the Incan Empire in general. I take that as my recreational activities because I enjoy that more rather than going out partying somewhere. Okay, nerd alarm. But, really, the more I learn, the more I got mesmerized by their epic history. Darn, I really feel I should pursue a career in Archaeology instead (Dr. Indiana Jones is forever my muse – please, folks, forget the fact that he is not even a real person, haha). And I strongly suggest you to also do that. Learning about its history before you are actually in Machu Picchu might be one the best decisions you will ever made.
Arrived in Cusco, I was so pumped. Getting to Machu Picchu really feels like embarking on an adventure. From The Capital of The Incan Empire (Cusco) I reach Ollantaytambo by driving on the highways in the Sacred Valley of The Incas. Warning: gorgeous views alert!!! From Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu, you can join the 4 days Inka Trail or just take the Inca Rail like I did. Inca Rail is a train which railway is deep within the Peruvian Andes and will take you on a 1.5 journey to the last stop before hiking up to Machu Picchu: Machu Picchu Pueblo a.k.a Aguas Calientes.
Read my journey to get from Cusco to Machu Picchu Pueblo here!
As challenging as the Inca Trail may seem, I had to put that adventure aside. I was not physically ready for that, but I promise myself to be back someday and experience that trail. The option I took was to take the bus from Machu Picchu Pueblo to the entrance of Machu Picchu. For me, that did not lessen the excitement at all. Though the bus would take you up there, you still need that fitness to fully explore Machu Picchu. Remember, Machu Picchu is a city! So, being there, basically you will get around an entire city. It was quite huge! Be sure to have enough physical training before your travel as it will prepare you to enjoy the journey. It was totally fun making Machu Picchu as my gym motivation!
After getting my ticket checked and stamped, I enter the site. The excitement whilst climbing the stairs to get to the “postcard view” point was so memorable. And there I was, in Machu Picchu. The first thing I did was video-calling my father. Technology really brought us closer. That morning my father witnessed his daughter fulfilled her dream from home and he got to enjoy Machu Picchu, too. I showed him around, through the phone, of course. I believe he was happy for me. That was an unforgettable moment for me sharing that Machu Picchu with my father.
After that: picture time! I never get tired of photographing this beautiful ruins and get photographed with it. For the featured photo above, I actually borrowed that red poncho from my friend. I pulled it off, right? I love every single photo I took there. Including this photo:
Dear Machu Picchu, I will be back again! Exploring you was one of the best 6 hours in my life so far. I can’t wait for another adventure there. I will meet you through the Inca Trail 🙂