I’m not mad on cars, jewellery or designer clothes but I do love collecting memories. Give me an epic view with a loved one and the sun on my face over a new handbag any day. Holidays and trips away with family and friends give you precious moments that you reminisce about for years to come. The memories take you back to a place, a scene, and a moment that you’ll remember always and that’s precious. It’s priceless. Like our Machu Picchu moment.
Machu Picchu, Peru was all of that. It took my breath away and it had nothing to do with the altitude. We were there for just a few hours but it’s one of those holiday moments that will stay with us forever.
Train to Machu Picchu
We didn’t have enough time in Peru for a four-day hike so we took the train to Machu Picchu. I just love a train journey and so, it seems, do many of us because there was a buzz of excitement at Poroy station as the train pulled in. Tickets were checked, passengers boarded, whistles blew and we were on our way.
The landscape changed constantly throughout the journey as the train rolled along. Vast plains and farmland were replaced by low hills and the Urubamba river rushing alongside the track. Looking out of the window I could see the length of the train in front of us as we took a bend. The track ahead stretched into the endless distance of the Andes.
Hills changed to mountains then to the snow-capped peaks of the Andes as we climbed upwards into the Sacred Valley. All the while our journey is accompanied by the rhythm of the train clattering on the tracks. Finally, we pulled into Machu Picchu Pueblo station as the train’s air horn blasted our arrival.
Machu Picchu Views
A short bus ride and a few minutes walk and Machu Picchu was almost in our grasp. We turned a corner and at last we could see the Incan citadel spread out before us. The block terraces, ramps and walls of the ancient city sit high in lush, green scenery with a backdrop of misty mountains. It’s breath-taking.
We walked through long-abandoned corridors and peek through windows into sun temples and out onto panoramic views. How did the Incan people move the huge blocks that make up the dry-stone walls and fuse them into place by manpower alone? What did the intriguing astronomical alignments mean to the ancient Incan civilisation? Machu Picchu is a blend of mystery and history and it’s beguiling.
A Machu Picchu Moment
We sat for a while in a quiet place soaking up that iconic view and connecting with the energy of the ancient Incan people who once inhabited Machu Picchu. For a while it seemed like the other people around us paled into a hazy distance. It felt like time had stopped and ancient civilisations were present in the breeze around us. It was only us, that view and a moment I’ll always treasure.
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