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???
|On top of the world...|
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.
|Looking towards the 'Famous' Mt Huayna Picchu, on our way to the top....|
|A quick pitstop, for us girls who had been setting the pace....|
|Waiting for the clouds to lift, to capture that kodak moment on the way up...|
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.
|Our good old hiking boots....|
So it turned out that I wasn't the only 'LOCO' one climbing Montana Machupicchu in thongs!! Once we reached the summit we ran into a sweedish guy who also had top quality hiking boots on, but his were not by choice. The poor guy had his shoes stolen the previous day, and that was all that he could purchase!! Too funny, we had to capture the moment.
What an amazing experience....xxx