My friend Gustavo and I live in
Peru and one day we started talking about how we have never been to Machu Picchu. It is really not that far from where we live, but we have never taken the time to go check it out. So we got some information on the trip and made our reservations. We actually decided to hike the Inca Trail in to the nearby town because we thought it would be more adventurous. The only other option is to ride a train to the town because there are no roads that go there.
So when the day of our
reservation finally came, we got on a bus and made our way to the tour operator that we booked our trip through. When we got there we waited for about an hour and then they loaded us and the other tourists into a van so they could deliver us to the starting point of the hike. It was a very diverse group of people going along with us and they were all just as exited as we were. Finally, we arrived at the starting point and we all got out along with our guides.
It was a long two day hike all
the way into town. We actually all moved pretty fast as everyone was in good shape and the hike was pretty uneventful. However, the beautiful scenery made it well worth it. The beautiful mountain background and the natural beauty of the jungle was amazing. When we got to the town we stayed in a hotel overnight and would go up to Machu Picchu the next morning. Or so we thought.
When we left for the short, but steep,
hike up to the ruins Gustavo slipped off a rock and fell about ten feet and broke his leg. We were so close to getting to see Machu Picchu, but had to call emergency personel to get Gustavo Woltmann out of there. They were able to treat his leg in town, but we had to get on the train to go back that afternoon. Our trip was ruined and we were both disappointed.
However, we have plans to make the trip again in the future after Gustavo’s leg gets better. I think next time we will be taking the train in to town and the bus up to the top.