By Rhiannon Beattie
PERU! Gateway to the majestic ruins of Machu Piccu, a textile lovers haven of iridescent threads and too-cute to pass up pom-pom’d beanies … a culinary food bowl derived from ancient grains and (adorable) native animals (are you game to eat one of your first childhood pets? A deep-fried guinea pig was a little confronting for me!
If it’s not on your bucket list … I STRONGLY suggest you whip that pen out and put it in its rightful place.
The four day Inca Trek to the ruins of Machu Picchu is one of those things that literally takes your breath away, it’s both physically draining and spiritually awakening.
I dare you to not be impressed by the sheer beauty of the natural surrounds. The questions will loom like – how the HECK did they manage to build such INCREDIBLE architecture without the aid of machinery in such remote and precarious locations?
Years down the track you will not feel ashamed to boast about that time you trekked for four days without a shower or toilet in near freezing temperatures – instant street cred, trust me.
By day four as you reach the Sunrise Gates and catch a first glimpse of the ancient city, you will feel so humbled you almost won’t notice how smelly and haggard you and your adventure buddies have become.
When you return back to civilisation in the picturesque town of Aguas Calientes the natural-just-visited-Machu-Picchu-high, will have you cheering strangers; it won’t take many local brews until you’re feeling extra chirpy … a positive side effect of altitude.
A permanent dreamer, I fund my adventures through working as a Medical Administration Officer at a local hospital. A lover of the Ocean you’ll catch me escaping the rat race whenever I can to catch a glimpse of the big blue. My travels have taken me throughout Europe, South America, Indonesia and Sri Lanka, with an extensive list of ‘must dos’ I’m yet to conquer. There are very few things I will say ‘no’ to which makes for some quality story re-telling and interesting blogging material.