Five in the morning. It was one of the few times I've been glad to hear my alarm sound so early. We were going to Machu Picchu! For me, even though I had been there before (20 years ago) it was still exciting. I guess when you are 18 years old you don't fully appreciate the presence of an ancient Incan site.
We were part of a small guided group, but even though I was not initially into the idea of a guided tour, I ended up grateful for it. I couldn't remember everything the books said about this mesmerizing place. When I saw Machu Picchu for the second time in my life, tears ran down my face. The power and energy of this place is overwhelming. Particularly, if you are Peruvian. Coursing through my veins was so much pride of being from this country. Peru. It gave me goosebumps. Literally.
I snapped so many pictures. I think I clicked my Canon for every stone that was there. What professional photographer wouldn't? Right?
After exploring the site thoroughly, we saw signs for an Incan bridge. We thought it was just going to be a leisurely walk, but even the simplest walk can be harrowing in the Andes. It was super steep and scary. The path was extremely narrow at moments and the abyss next to us was not for the faint of heart. Seriously. No, really.
Anyway. We saw the Incan bridge, which was constructed in a way to protect the ancient city. We had so much fun, and yet there was so much history in the palms of our hands. It really is a place no one should miss. If you ever have a chance to go to Machu Picchu, do not think it twice. Just go. Trust me.
After such a fantastic time, my girlfriend and I stayed in Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel. What can I say about this place? Absolutely magnificent! Not only the rooms were stunning, but the staff and landscape were outstanding. Six stars out of five. Hands down!
Not only were the surroundings breathtaking, but the food was also scrumptious! They have a fantastic restaurant where you can be delighted with delicious Peruvian-fusion cuisine, leaded by the Peruvian chef Gustavo Borja. This guy is insanely good!
The next morning, before setting our course to Ollantaytambo, I had a photo shoot. Yup. I shot the premises of the hotel, rooms, etc. And it was a lot of fun! This guys at the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, not only they have one of the best hotels I've seen, but the care so much about the environment like no one out there. They have this beautiful orchid walk, were you could see more than 350 classes of orchids. Yup, I did not write that number wrong. And they also provide a rescue center for the only native bear in Peru – the Spectacle Bear.
This was, on a personal note, one of the best days I've ever had since I came to Peru. I feel so blessed by being Peruvian and by the chance to share this moment with the person I love. Definitely, this Wonder of the World is worth every penny it takes to see it.