I sometimes meet people who say that if they were to travel the places again they would stay off-the-beaten-track, leaving out all the places visited by the crowds, leaving out all the “must have sees” that we have ‘known’ for ages from photos, TV and magazine covers.
When I was going to Peru the thought of leaving Machu Picchu out didn’t even cross my mind. Not only that, I knew I wanted this famous postcard photo taken with my own camera. But yes, I was wondering if the place would come up to my expectations.
The expectations were even greater because I decided to do Salkantay trek which meant I had to walk 75 kilometres to get to Machu Picchu. And considering the altitude it was not an easy thing to do for me.
At the break of the dawn when we got to the site, fog was tightly covering everything. We could only make up indistinct shapes of stones, but only those which were close. We waited out the fog and rain in a cafe.
There are 2500 tourists who visit Machu Picchu every day but when you’re inside you don’t really feel that. I didn’t see everything, I preferred to sit down and look at this such a well known sight. I suddenly heard a guide telling his group they had 15 minutes to take photos and then they need to go. Then I was happy I could simply sit and enjoy the view. And this is what I did.