At this exact moment one year ago, I was mid-taxi ride with two of my best chums, where we sunk our fingers into the fabric of the back seat and clung to a desperate hope that we might survive the trip. We were in southeastern Peru, journeying northwest into not only the edge of the beautiful, lush, picturesque-beyond-words Andes Mountains, but also the edge of nervous breakdowns induced by the speeding & swerving of our manic driver. The roads twisted nauseatingly through the green hills, offered little to no shoulder, and guard rails? There were no guard rails.
(There was a positive, however – though this horror show on wheels lasted 2 grueling hours, it cost us a total of $30. Not bad, Peru. NOT BAD AT ALL.)
Our original location was Cusco, where we had crankily woken at 4:30 in the morning. Our destination was Ollantaytambo, a dusty little place overridden with tourists and Peruvians selling “traditional” handbags and alpaca wool scarves on wooden tables. In Ollantaytambo, we would take the Perurail train to Aguas Calientes… and from there, another bus to the base of Machu Picchu.
On this day one year ago, Mollie, Julie & I were experiencing our second wonder of the world together (#1 was the Colosseum!)(and we’ve since visited Chichén Itzá in Mexico!). To commemorate this wildly exciting life adventure, I’ve finally thrown together some of the photos and videos we captured while in South America and created this little video.
Click this photo & the link will take you to the video:
aaand some Peru posts from last year: