Peru, Interrupted. – Pt. 2

We stayed the night in Ollantaytambo to catch the first train to Machu Picchu in the morning. Our hostel just steps from the park, so we didn’t feel the need to climb them.


We preferred to take the train rather than stay in tourist-laden Agua Calientes and enjoyed the sunrise as the train maneuvered on old tracks. First sight of Machu Picchu immersed in mist was still a sight to behold. And I will repeat what so many have said before me, being there is nothing like looking at the photos. To be surrounded with a 360 degree view of impeccable stonework in the center of mountain peaks is an infinitesimal feeling. The magnitude and beauty is hard to capture in just images, but i tried.


After a little deliberation, we decided to hire a guide and was thankful for the historical information he provided. He focused on the theory that Machu Picchu was a University than many pilgrimage to but only few were allowed in. He looked at the two of us gringo giants, standing separately, but having arrived together and said, “To be here, you need three things: Love, Patience, and Personality. The same things you need in any relationship.” Oh, how much that little man with a big smile saw. We debated the last word, possibly lost in translation to mean honesty or integrity. Any which way it was solid advice. We left as quietly as we came, the early wake up and altitude helping with a sleepy afternoon.

The days passed quickly, as did the miles of asphalt, dirt, rain and hail, and soon it was time to return to Arequipa for his flight home.

We parted ways with more truths revealed than I would have expected. Or maybe it is the outcome I wasn’t fully expecting. We realized out paths, even though they converged for two weeks, were to remain separate in the future. He returns his KLR to the shop and himself to a rooted life in California, whereas I throw a leg over my KLR and continue my nomadic ways, south and unknowing. It was a welcomed and enjoyable interruption. I hope he finds a road better suited for him. As for now, I continue on mine, following my dreams and now making new ones.

And then we return to our regularly scheduled program…

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  • George F on Mar 23, 2013 Reply

    Nice photos, I really want to go there but I won’t be able to do it for a few years.
    Keeping on having fun.

    • alison on Apr 03, 2013 Reply

      Highly, highly recommend it if you ever get the chance. It’s incredible!

  • stew on Mar 19, 2013 Reply

    Dang girl, you are my hero. Miss you, love you. I’m living through you!


    • alison on Apr 03, 2013 Reply

      No more excuses…get out there! Xo + <3

  • paisstat on Mar 19, 2013 Reply

    Excellent photos and commentary. Very well done!

  • Art & Judee Wickersham on Mar 18, 2013 Reply

    Alison…it seems to us that you gotten “the wanders bug”. As the Aussies say ” Good on you!” Art & Judee the wandering wickershams.

    • alison on Apr 03, 2013 Reply

      The “wanders bug” has bitten hard. When we spoke in Oregon, I never knew it was going to be this life changing!

  • beckistolzberg on Mar 18, 2013 Reply

    Wonderful photos, Alison… Machu Picchu is truly a sight to behold! I can’t imagine the years of hard labor involved to build such a magnificent site, not to mention the engineering needed for the construction that has endured centuries of harsh weather and the occasional earthquake. On another note, I’m saddened to hear that you and your friend have parted ways. I hope you both find roads better suited for each of you. Love, Mom xoxoxo

    • alison on Apr 03, 2013 Reply

      It really was magnificent… A sight like no other I have visited. I have been very thankful for all the opportunities on this trip! But new roads lay ahead 🙂

  • rexjc on Mar 17, 2013 Reply

    Great photos & Post!

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