Exactly a year ago today, I embarked on a journey that would not only take me through the heart of the Inca Empire but would also nourish my soul with cultural richness and natural wonders. The Cuzco trip promised an immersive experience, and little did I know that it would become a treasure trove of memories etched into the tapestry of my life. Join me as I revisit the magic of each day, reliving the moments that made this trip an unforgettable celebration.
Day 1: Arrival Day at Cuzco
The journey began with a warm welcome as I landed in Cuzco. The anticipation of the days ahead filled the air as I was whisked away from the airport to my accommodation. The rest of the day was mine to explore this historical city at my own pace. Timeless Cusco, with its cobbled streets and ancient charm, set the stage for what promised to be a remarkable adventure.
Day 2: ATV Quad Bike Adventure to Maras & Moray
The morning sun painted the sky as I set off on an exhilarating ATV quad-bike adventure. Cruz Pata, a quaint village, marked the starting point for a ride that would take me through the mesmerizing landscapes of Moray. The ancient Inca circular crop terraces unfolded before my eyes, a testament to the ingenuity of a civilization lost in time. Here, I connected with La Pachamama, understanding the Andean culture‘s harmonious relationship with nature.
The journey continued to the “Salineras,” salt mines where local artisans showcased their centuries-old craft. Wandering through this unique landscape, witnessing the dedication of those who worked the salt mines, was a humbling experience. As the day unfolded, I found myself immersed in the authenticity of the Andean way of life. The return journey to Cruz Pata was a reflective ride, allowing the sights and sounds of the day to sink in.
Day 3: Sacred Valley Day Trip
The Sacred Valley, a tapestry of Inca ruins and vibrant indigenous cultures, beckoned on the third day. Passing through picturesque villages like Pisac, Urubamba, Ollantaytambo, and Chinchero, I marveled at the fusion of ancient history and modern-day Peru. Pisac, with its polished rock platforms, showcased the architectural brilliance of the Incas.
Urubamba’s preserved colonial buildings spoke of a history shaped by Spanish conquest, while Ollantaytambo’s distinctive architecture left me in awe. Each village unfolded a chapter of the Inca civilization’s legacy, and the indigenous marketplaces in Chinchero were a kaleidoscope of alpaca wool products and handicrafts. Against the backdrop of the Vilcanota River Valley, this day trip was a visual feast, capturing the essence of the Sacred Valley’s magical allure.
Day 4: Departure Day
With a heart full of memories and a camera roll brimming with snapshots of Cuzco’s wonders, departure day arrived. A hearty breakfast marked the beginning of the end of this incredible journey. Accommodation check-out was a bittersweet moment, bidding farewell to a city that had become a temporary home. As I ventured forward, the wish for a great ongoing journey echoed in my ears, a sentiment that encapsulated the warmth and hospitality of Cuzco.
As I sit here, a year later, reflecting on those four days in Cuzco, I can’t help but be thankful for the experiences that shaped my perspective. The 4×4 quad-bike adventure, the exploration of the Sacred Valley, and the quiet moments of self-discovery have left an indelible mark on my soul.
Cuzco, with its rich tapestry of history and culture, welcomed me with open arms and bid me farewell with a promise that its magic would linger in my heart forever. This journey was not just a trip; it was a celebration of life, a feast for the senses, and a reminder of the beauty that awaits those who dare to explore. Grateful and happy, here’s to another year of adventures and the memories that await on the horizon. Cheers to Cuzco, the city that nourished my spirit and will forever hold a special place in my heart.
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Guest post written by Marcia Greene
When she’s not captivating audiences with her incredible performances, Marcia is off on thrilling adventures.