The Road to El Dorado

For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to explore deepest darkest Peru.

The country has always held so much mystery to me, be that through its ancient civilisations, treasure hunters, conquistadores, exotic foods or small brown bears that arrive by train to London!

Machu Picchu at Sunrise HB

Many years ago I remember watching videos in school about the explorers’ journeys through the Amazon and researching the Incas for a presentation that I did on the creation of chocolate and textiles.

From this point, South America, especially Peru, became a place of intrigue and excitement to me and I dreamt of going there one day to experience the culture, people, history and food for myself…

… and here I am! Writing this post from Paracas; a small beach town on the west coast of Peru having spent 3 weeks working my way up here from Bolivia.

The Salkantay Inca Trail

There are many ways to get to the ancient Incan city of Machu Picchu. We opted for the 4 day Salkantay mountain trek.

It didn’t matter that we faced uncomfortable environments, such as high altitudes soaring 5000m above sea level, temperatures dropping to -10, and frequently having to use an “Inca toilet”, because with these extremes you’re also met by some of nature’s most glorious delights.

Salkantay Lake HB

The low temperatures produced icey rivines and vibrant blue lakes, the high altitude meant we could see endless vistas of luscious valleys and herds of llamas in the distance.

Salkantay Trail HB

Trekking 9 hours a day for 4 days was a huge mental and physical challenge, but it made the final reveal all the more rewarding.

Reaching Machu Picchu will be a moment I’ll treasure forever – I now fully understand the mystery and definitely why it is one of Peru’s deepest, darkest secrets.

Machu Picchu

For those keeping up with my blogs, I’m sorry it’s been so long since my last post. Peru was an incredible whirlwind – but lots of trekking, activities and no WiFi. We have actually arrived in Ecuador now and I’ll be spending a couple of weeks here before heading to Colombia.

There’s so much I want to share with you all but South America’s more traditional and laid back nature means that getting anything done quickly is near impossible.

I hope you enjoy the next few posts to come, hasta la proxima!

 

 

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