Meeting Machu Picchu was the only thing I could think about my entire trip. Since my arrival day one in Lima I just wanted to be there. I wanted to see and intimately get to know the Pachamama.
The Inca’s are an illustrious bunch. It constantly amazes me how intelligent they are and were during the time when Machu Picchu was thriving. Considering the time period in which they built Machu Picchu which took place during the early 1500’s they seemed to know an awful lot more than I or many people today could ever hope to even try to understand. From their knowledge in the sciences such as Astronomy to their ridiculously intuitive engineering skills the Inca’s architecture today is still amazing to the worlds historians, scientists and archeologists.
Looking around Machu Picchu I couldn’t help but wonder why? WHY WOULD THEY LEAVE? Why after so much work and life taking place there would they just up and leave such a beautiful place that seemed virtually untouchable and a place they called home. Well though there have been many conspiracy theories according to our tour guide it was due to their concern of being attacked by the spanish conquistadors. They got wind that they were chasing some other Inca’s and the Inca’s at Machu Picchu were concerned they would be found and killed so they left. Ultimately their decision to leave was what brought them their demise. Had they stayed at Machu Picchu they may have never been discovered but I suppose we will never know.
The Inca’s were a peaceful people according to our guide. They did not want to fight. They simply wanted to live and be free just as every human deserves to be. They were not prepared for the cruelty that the spanish brought with them which led to their vanquishment and what I view as slaughter.
Though the end of the Inca Empire was a very sad one they left a beautiful history behind with ruins all throughout the Andes Mountains. Seeing Machu Picchu was by far my favorite part of the trip. Especially because instead of riding a bus up the mountain I hiked even after the serious discouragement of our tour guide. It was AMAZING and so worth it.
At pretty much a straight incline all the way up the mountain and in already way higher altitude than I am used to I feel so grateful that I was physically able to attempt and complete that journey. It was very meaningful to take a path that thousands, millions have taken before me in order to reach Machu Picchu and maybe even enlightenment. A woman hiked right along side us much of the way with what seemed to be her grandson. He said to us “ella es ochenta.” I translated in my head She was 80 years old! Hearing this made me feel so fucking pathetic for ever complaining about how hot, sweaty, dizzy or tired I was. This woman was so strong and empowered I felt her energy as she hiked up the mountain in her thick, fluffy pink dress. I felt strong now too. Though as I have stated before, I don’t consider myself a religious person, I can’t deny the magic of Machu Picchu.