Saturday, 6 October 2012
Mt. Machu Picchu
Wow!! Talk about pure torture and adrenalin rolled into one!!! After a 90 minute hike...or should I say race, with oxygen pumps in hand and struggling with a little altitude sickness we finally reached the top of Mt. Machu Picchu, it was a race to touch the Argentinian flag, which is kind of bizarre, considering the fact that you are in Peru???
The Machu Picchu citadel is bookended by two sacred peaks. Mt. Huayna Picchu marks the north end of the site and to the south stands Mt. Machu Picchu. Both offer spectacular views but while Mt. Huayna Picchu turns away would-be visitors, the summit of Mt. Machu Picchu nearly always stands empty.
The reason may in fact be the difference in height. At 1,640ft, Mt Machu Picchu is more than twice as tall as its sister peak, but trust me...the reward for the 90 minute plus climb up flights of ancient stone stairs is the most incredible view that can be achieved...once the clouds lift, that is.
Was it worth it??? Our partners would say that there was a little whinging involved on the girls behalf to begin with, but we smashed it and the end result was the girls hitting the top first and racing to the end.... the fact that I did it in my good old Brazillian hiking boots..otherwise known as Havianas was the icing on the cake.
What an amazing experience....xxx