- 5 years ago
- Wedding: February 2013
Well, first I’d like to say: WE SURVIVED.
DH and I said many times throughout the span of our unconventional honeymoon that this was the hardest thing we have EVER done. It was the first major challenge of our marriage and yes, there were times I cried and cursed ever pushing the idea of doing a 4 day 3 night trek up to Machu Picchu (“Why am I not sitting on a beach right now!?!?”). But I know I can say for both of us that we would not change it for anything in the world.
Our trek company was superb, our guides–amazing, our group—good Lord, the reason we actually finished was because our group was so fantastic.
I have almost 1000 pictures, but I’ll just share a little snippet of our adventures 🙂
First day at our starting point!
Look at that view!
My strong Husband!
First day when we were still nice and clean
Our breathtaking view waking up the 2nd morning:
Although we were in the middle of the mountains, we had some AWESOME food throughout the whole trek:
We had pizza, pastas, ceviche, guacamole, and the most impressive of all….:
A CAKE!! How they baked a cake with only using a hot plate is beyond me… and might I add that it was DELCIOUS!
Day 2: making our way up to the Dead Woman’s Pass. This was physically our hardest day.
Our awesome group which we named ourselves “The Bacon Family” in honor of “Bacon” the dog who climbed the entire way to Machu Picchu with us.
At the Dead Woman’s Pass—the highest point of our trek! 13,860 ft above sea level (and when coming from Houston which is basically below sea level this is a huge feat)! As you can see Bacon was a permanent fixture throughout the trek.
Day 3, for me, was mentally and physically (seeing as my ankles and knees swelled up 5x their normal size) the hardest day. It was supposed to be the longest, distance wise, day and we were set to get to camp at 4:30 p.m. Half of us were so beat up and past the point of exhaustion that we ended up being stuck in the mountains after the sun went down. It was so dark and foggy from being in the clouds you couldn’t see past your fingertips and you could hear all the animals coming out—eeeek!! We didn’t get to camp until 7:40 p.m.!You had to go down 2000 stairs which they called the “Gringo Killers”. Mind you, these weren’t normal stairs; some of these drops were as long as my torso! After about 500 of them it starts to get to your head.
Day 4: We made it to the Sun Gate!! We finally get our first view of Machu Picchu and boy was she beautiful.
Isn’t she amazing?!?!
I’m officially obsessed with llamas….specifically baby llamas haha.
WE MADE IT!!!
I might have gone at a turtle’s pace, but this little turtle survived, finished, and CONQUERED that damn Inca Trail. Here’s the proof!
Like I said, this was the first challenge of our marriage but if anything it only showed me just how amazing my Husband is. I will be very honest with you guys and say that after the first day I honestly didn’t think I was going to make it.
This was the hardest thing I’ve ever done but not once did DH give up on me—he pushed and encouraged me the entire way, even when he felt like giving up himself. We made some amazing friends and crazy awesome memories and I feel like this has only opened up a whole new can of worms for us—we just might have become adventure and adrenaline junkies hahah.
Sky diving next?
…… errrrr Still working on that one. hahaha!