On our last full day in Peru, I woke up in Cusco feeling like there was a stack of bricks on my chest. We experienced a bit of altitude sickness in Cusco when we were here a few days ago, but this morning was more intense.
I woke up extra early this morning because I was dying to see what it looked like outside. I also wanted to take advantage of our amazing hotel room overlooking this incredible view.
I’m going to admit, I didn’t know much about Machu Picchu before today.
After we finished in Pisac, we drove another hour to Ollantaytambo and visited this town’s archaeological site. When we were pulling into Ollantaytambo, I fell in love with the village. It feels as if you’ve gone back into time when you walk through the streets here.
The continuation of our tour started at 8:30 this morning. We packed a small bag for Machu Picchu and stored our luggage in the hostel. On the way to Ollantaytambo, we stopped about an hour outside of Cusco, in the village of Pisac. The drive there was breathtaking.
After a short delay due to poor weather, Erica and I finally landed in Cusco! Leaving the airport, we were approached by tons of taxis begging to take us into town. Of course, offering ridiculous rates.
On Tuesday night I visited my friend Erica to see how she was holding up after her mom sadly passed away last Sunday. She was talking about how it would be nice to get away for a few days.
When I boarded my plane home at the beginning of the year, I left Peru feeling very conflicted. Transitioning back to reality was tough and I thought about the island all day, wanting absolutely nothing more but to return to my monkey family.
On our last day in Peru, we took a quick trip across the river to buy bananas and it started to rain. As we began heading home, we noticed a beautiful rainbow stretched over the island, making it appear even more magical.
It was a very special goodbye present.
The coolest thing about this trip has been seeing the first hand reaction to the website that I built for the island. Before, the only people who visited were from tour groups, as there were no instructions on how to get here by yourself.