Machu Picchu and the Incas hold such a mysterious and spiritual connection for me. My father was an anthropologist that specialized in Latin American Studies, and my mother is from Bolivia, so Latin America is in my blood. One of the few childhood memories I hold is a visit to Machu Picchu when I was seven. Green verdant landscapes, misty clouds, and a magical feeling have always been ever present in my mind.
In one of my previous ‘lives’ I was a travel agent, and my specialty was making travel arrangements for people traveling to Peru and Machu Picchu. So it was only natural that I wanted to revisit this magical and unique place as an adult. Finally, the opportunity arrived a couple of years ago. It was because of Machu Picchu that I began hiking. I was to travel in May, and thus began hiking with the Mountain Club of Maryland in January of that year. My ultimate goal was to hike the Inca Trail.
But the wisdom of the ages told me that there was no way I’d be able to manage four-days of hiking. Let alone camp out on top of a cold mountain top. So I elected to go with the “Two-Day” Inca Trail trek. This hike really is just a one-day hike, with the second day to visit Machu Picchu. More details about this One-Day trek under my Peru Page.
So here I am, two years later, two years older, coming up to my 50th birthday. I have kept up my hiking, and am much stronger now that I’ve ever been. What better way to celebrate one’s 50th than to conquer the full four-day Inca Trail Trek. I’ll be going in May, 2012 so there is plenty of planning and training to do for this trek.
Hopefully my journey through this preparation, planning, and experiencing will help someone else be able to follow in the footsteps of the Incas.