The fact that I visited Machu Picchu earlier this summer still feels a bit like a dream. After wanting to visit for so long, it’s still hard to comprehend that I ticked off a major bucket list travel destination of mine even though I have the photograph evidence to prove it to myself.
So because I’m still a bit moony over our trip to Peru (and I’m sure that I’ve completely bored my coworkers with my stories), I’ve put together a few tips that might help out on your future visit to Machu Picchu!
To say that visiting Machu Picchu has been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember would be a bit of an understatement. Anytime I would come across an article the site in National Geographic or would see a picture of the ruins on instagram, I would be flooded with both a hint of jealousy that I wasn’t there in person myself and also a feeling of wanderlust that made me want to pack my bag and catch the next flight down to Lima, Peru.
“Unless we are willing to encourage our children to reconnect with and appreciate the natural world, we can’t expect them to help protect and care for it.”- David Suzuki
I didn’t really know what to expect when we stopped off the plane is Cusco. I had done a fair amount of research and reading on Machu Picchu and the Inca trail before leaving for our trip, but I realized that I knew very little about the city we’d be staying in before heading out on our hiking journey.
With very few expectations, we took a taxi into from the airport, checked into our first hotel, and walked around the streets of Cusco to get a feel for the city. And not going to lie, I think I fell in love with the vibrant colors and crowded streets within the first 10 minutes.