I could not sleep all night long from being way to excited for what the next day held. I kept waking up and checking the time to make sure I didn’t miss my 7AM alarm.
The plan was to leave at 8AM to start the hike up Machu Picchu. After many fits and many people trying to persuade me not to walk up, today is the day to do it.
The walk up was nothing but stairs and through a moist rain forest. We stopped many times to rest and drink water. Every step up, the view of the Andes mountains grew more and more breathtaking. To the point where at one outlook we were all speechless.
We got to the top in two hours starting from our hotel. We thought we did pretty good considering that the estimated time up was an hour and a half. We were greeted by our classmates and teachers who decided not to walk. With us out of breath and tired, we popped a squat until our tour began at 10:30AM.
We walked past the front gate toward what looked like huts. Once we walked past the huts, my stomach dropped and eyes got wide. The moment I have been waiting for since we arrived in Peru. The ruins on top of Manchu Picchu. Our tour guide found us a great spot on a ledge for us to take photos and marvel at one of the Wonders of the World.
Our tour lasted two hours long going over the history of the Incas, who lived where, what Machu Picchu was used for, ETC.
Then the rain came, right when we were given the time to explore and go where ever we wanted to on Machu Picchu. I really wanted to go to the Sun Gate, which was a hour and half round-trip hike. The Sun Gate is suppose to have amazing views of Mancu Picchu. As I start the hike and looked behind me, I can’t see Machu Picchu because the clouds are so thick. The higher and higher I go on the hike, the more I get soaked. The higher and higher I went, the more narrow the path got and no hand rails.
I am not afraid of heights, but looking down through the clouds at the long drop made me nervous. Especially since it’s raining cats and dogs, one slip to the wrong side of the path and I am done. I should have stopped then, but me loving an adrenaline rush, I kept going.
I reach some ruins and I thought “This must be it! I can finally turn around!” Until I saw a sign that the Sun Gate was further.
For a second, in the pouring rain I said to myself “Fuck this, I am going back.” I hate quitting so I kept going.
Finally I get to the Sun Gate. I can’t see squat, but it was very impressive to look out into the vast clouds that completely cover valleys, mountains and ruins. It was almost like I truly went so high to find the heavens.
On the walk down to Machu Picchu from the Sun Gate, I am completely miserably as I am soaked to the bone and cold, but it was worth it. I stopped to marvel one last time at this incredible city fit for a king (literally) on top of this old mountain before I headed back to the hotel.