As mentioned in my blog article about my experience in Antofagasta, Chile, Sharyn and I both decided to extend our South America adventure with a trek up to Peru to visit the fabled & magnificent Macchu Picchu. We were joined by Fred in Lima for the start of a truly wondrous adventure. We hit Cusco first, where we sampled the delicious chicamorada (purple corn beverage), Pisco Sours and Cuy (Guinea Pig), and alpaca, then moved on to the Sacred Valley, where you can check out Pisac for market shopping and Ollantaytambo for your first taste of Inca ruins. Afterwards we rode up to Aguas Calientes by train before the final trip up to the hill top majesty of Machu Picchu. The history of this place is fascinating and I even learned a few words of Quechua along the way. Altitude sickness did get 2 of us but a day later we were fine. While we didn’t travel to Peru to draw, perhaps we will in the future, with Peruvian artist and friend Cesar Paredes Pacora in Lima!
If you’re a traveler and Machu Picchu is not on your list, put it at the top! This place exudes tranquility, beauty and bliss. Relaxation is paramount and you’re guaranteed to shed the ravages of stress in just a few easy days. Paradise – literally! Thanks to both Sharyn and Fred for being such great travel companions (..and 3D chalk artists!)!!