Hiked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu: An unforgettable journey
Celebrating a life achievement with another once-in-a-lifetime achievement.
Peru marked my 30th country to visit in my life, and it was remarkable. I had a life goal to be listed in Forbes 30 Under 30. Just kidding, I was more interested in traveling to 30 countries before I turned 30: Issued my own acknowledgment for 30 (countries) Under 30. Because why not? Life needs to be fun. And this year, I had a chance to accomplish it. Woohoo!
“Go big or go home,” say people who are trying to achieve their goals. So did I. Why didn’t I take a risk and craft an unforgettable journey, a story I could tell?
It was on September 10, 2022, when I sat in an airport lounge and still couldn’t believe I was going to Peru. The past couple of weeks had been crazy for me; from traveling to different places non-stop (yeah, my life was basically in my luggage) until had an accident that resulted in bed-resting. I fell on my scooter and hit my back. The moment I got onto the airplane, I still doubted myself I could do the four days-hike to Machu Picchu. But hey, I only live once, so I’d live my life.
The four days three nights hike.
I’m pretty much a spontaneous traveler. I barely make an itinerary before I travel; I just buy flight tickets and go. But with this trip, I had to plan since the permits to the Inca Trail were limited — only 500 people per day, and it sold out about three months prior. Thankfully, I did a little bit of research and found out about Alpaca Expeditions which helped me with my adventure to Machu Picchu happen.
It’s really important to acclimate, and don’t ever underestimate this. Although I spent two days in Cusco to acclimate as recommended, I still had altitude sickness a couple of times during the hike — yeah, it was real. There were times that I found it hard to breathe since the oxygen level was thin, and I had headaches and vomiting. Advil was my best friend.
I was nervous the day before the hike because this was my first big hike in a different part of the world with a different climate. I’m used to doing day hikes but not spending days in the…