It’s been 4 days since my completion of the 4-day trek up the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. My mind and body are still fatigued. I can still remember everything as if it happened yesterday but it’s all too overwhelming to recall at once [more to come in upcoming posts]. So I’m going to start from the beginning, before the trek started. We toured The Sacred Valley.
I’m going to be honest, I did not know much at all about the Incan Empire, the Quechua people, or Cusco before this trip. The most I knew was that Machu Picchu was one of the seven wonders of the world and I had to cross it off of my bucket list. When my friend Talia called me a few months ago and asked me to endure the 4-day trek with her, I said ‘YES’ with no hesitation. I wish I had read up on the history of the Incas before we left, but touring the Sacred Valley right before the trek was the perfect way to learn.
The day was beautifully overwhelming. We spent the entire day roaming from ruin to ruin, seeing culture, preserved tradition, endless valleys and mountains, and the pride of the Quechua people. Every time I turned around there was an ancient ruin, endless colors of handmade goods, free roaming llamas, or glaciers in the distance. And the people! I fell in love with the people. They were so humble yet intriguing. They wore their tall hats, wide skirts, colorful tassels and layers so effortlessly. It screamed culture! Every time I tried to sneak a photo they would stare at me and then I’d have to pretend like I was taking a photo of the scenery behind them. I wish I could have snapped more photos. Everything was heightened and my mind was on sensory overload. I loved it all and I wanted to soak it all in. And we hadn’t even set foot on the Inca Trail yet! This was just an appetizer.
The Sacred Valley. From Cusco to Chinchero to Pisaq to Ollantaytambo. Stay tuned for the start of the Inca Trail!