28 Apr Cusco, Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley with a touch of Florida
For me being in Cusco for the second time was a very special feeling. I loved Cusco the first time and even more this time. The city made me feel comfortable and uncomfortable at the same time. Comfortable in knowing the layout of the city and uncomfortable because of the high elevation that pisses me off on the difficulty in just walking around. There were many highlights of my week there and one disappointment, I was unable to physically get to Rainbow Mountain. My timing and planning was terrible and with a mix-up of trying to meet some people to go through with the expedition, I just couldn’t swing it. Everyone’s photos were spectacular which only makes me have to return and do it next time.
The city tour in Cusco is not a typical city tour as it takes you outside of the historic area to four ancient Inca sites, Sacsayhuhaman, Saqsuwaman, Pukapukara and Tambomach’ay. (very easy to pronounce) Another day I did a free walking tour of the historic area which was highly informative and one of the best tours I took for information on the Inca society. Me and one of my fellow travelers also went ATV’ing to the Salineras de Maras Salt Mines and Moray archaeological site. That was one of my favorite days this whole trip. It was also a perfect day weather wise.
Of course we went to Machu Picchu. I went with three other people and did the Inca trail 2 Day 1 Night tour with Llama Path, fantastic company and I highly recommend them to anyone who does Machu Picchu. The two guides were very professional, caring and informative while allowing all 16 of us to trek at our own paces. On this tour you see Machu Picchu two times, once after you finish your 1 day trek at the Sun Gate and the next day all day on Machu Picchu. We also had great weather along with some very special clouds and morning fog which just adds to the experience. Our group was such a wonderful diverse group of people from all over the world, all in all just as good as anyone could hope for one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. (it was my 2nd time at Machu Picchu-this time was more special)
Now that I am back in Lima for my one single day before heading to Patagonia for about 10 days I have to pack up completely to head to Cordoba, Argentina for the month. I also just flew back from Florida to be with my family for four days for some personal family items. It was like I never left. The feeling is hard to explain but it was not what I expected. To me I could have stayed for good and not even missed Remote Year and look at the experience as a 4 month trip. Not that I was ready to feel like, OMG, I miss them so much but it was something hard to put into words. My feelings about the trip so far are fantastic but not something that I could not live without. This feeling I do expect to last the whole time for me, that is the way I am and it has not turned into a life changing experience (yet).
My next post will be after I get back from Patagonia and check in to Cordoba where I plan to stick around the city and finally get some work done. Speak soon.