We climbed high into the mountains of Peru for this Instagram Quarry Trail week in review. The air was so thin our bodies struggled to adjust and I found myself only being able to walk 30 steps before I had to stop as my heart was beating so fast and I couldn’t seem to get the energy to move another step. I would stand and try to slow down my breathing for 20 seconds and then take off again for another 30 steps. This is how I got to 14,700 ft on the Quarry Trail. The best part about stopping every 30 steps was that it was a reason to take pictures!
The trail was challenging ( I”ll go into those details in a separate post) but the view over the two passes we crossed were jaw dropping. Each time I got to the top of one it was a surprise as to what I would see on the other side. Our porters/horses were fabulous and our campsites were perched on ledges with views that I never wanted to leave. However – it was chilly up there – and Megan was definitely ready to get down to lower altitude as she struggled with altitude sickness.
After finishing the 3 day hike, we got our reward – Machu Picchu. We took the train after the hike to Aguas Calientes town at the base of Machu Picchu and had a great visit the next day. We had ample of time to wander around the site, dodge the thousands of tourists and once again take lots of pictures (and a few selfies). It was great to visit Machu Picchu for a 2nd time, but even better to bring Megan with me – especially since we had worked so hard to get there.
After a short stop in the jungle of the Amazon Basin, then we head back to Lima to volunteer with kids and build houses for a week – a real change of pace from the mountains!