Its the journey not the destination
For as long as I can remember going to South America was a dream of mine and a big part of that dream was visiting Machu Picchu. For our trip it was five days walking the Salkantay Trek. For me there was a lot of excitement, I couldn’t wait to begin and to eventually reach Machu Picchu. But what I found was that along the way it was the people I was with and the people that I met that took this journey on and unexpected pathway. In an earlier post I spoke about Clarence who was one people we met on this trip. And then there was our friend Uge who also traveled with us. And as much as I was taken by the experience of the journey it was the time spent with these guys and more that made the trip truly amazing.
Our trip was full of laughter, fun and jokes. I can not remember an hour where someone wasn’t making someone else laugh. We shared walking wounds of blisters and bites. We got sick of eating soup and I cant remember the number of times that Uge went to the bathroom only to forget toilet paper. It was this that has stood out for me and made the experience one of the greatest of our trip.
The context in which this happen is also important as after five long days and nearly 100km of walking we made it Machu Picchu and it was one of the wettest days that they had, during the dry season. One person we met there left after an hour because of the rain. His journey to Machu Picchu was spoiled and washed out by the rain. Easily done because within an hour or so I was the wettest and coldest I have ever been. This could of easily ruined our trip. But the people we were with made it one of the funniest experiences over the three months. All of a sudden we are enjoying Machu Picchu and laughing at the fact that it was so wet. We spent over half a day exploring these ruins and it didn’t matter it was wet. The only thing is that if it was warm and dry I would have got more photos. But nothing can take away the experience of being with some of the best people, they brought the life back into the ruins for me.
I hope you like the wet weather photos because it was a warm dry day inside.