Monday, September 27, 2010

Even if it Kills Me

Monday, September 27, 2010

Our passion for magnificent ruins and rugged terrain whetted by our previous trips, D and I have now started saving for another adventure – the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. This four-day hike through the mountainous regions of the Andes covers 43 kilometers of uneven, rocky terrain along hand-hewn stairs and trails through river valleys, mountain passes, Inca ruins and cloud forests. With maximum altitude reaching 4200 meters above sea level, the temperature along the trail ranges from -4 to 28 degrees Celsius. According to travel guides, the trek is fairly difficult and one should be well prepared, moderately fit and healthy prior to starting it. As told by someone who recently completed the trek:

“The climb to Dead Woman’s Pass was relentless. Up and up and up and up along the ancient Inca pathway made up of enormous stone steps. My heart was beating wildly, my lungs were tight and seemingly too small for the task and my legs felt like cement as I tried to lift them over and over again up onto the next step.”

The more I read about the trek, the more determined I am to be physically prepared for it: Instead of taking the elevator, I opt for the stairs even if it means climbing all the way to the 12th floor; with a pedometer strapped to my waist, I go on long walks while trying to talk myself into believing that every step that I take compensates for my lack of trekking experience; I avoid processed, fat-laden food and stuff myself with fruits and vegetables, instead. Repeating “you can do it” like an incantation, I’ve almost—but not quite--convinced myself that those words embody reality, and not simply wishful thinking.

All these preparations I’d gladly do for that once-in-a-lifetime chance to hike the ancient royal route to Peru's fabled lost city of the Incas; for the simple satisfaction of being able to put one foot in front of the other for hours and days on end; for the utmost pleasure in struggling to make a dream come true, even if it kills me.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

train very, very hard, i might need you as my walking stick! :)

Angeli said...

hahahhahahahha.. come on! you are more fit than me! remember teresek hill and batu caves? you left me panting while you went straight to the top! :)

Angeli said...

and we can always hire trekking poles (along with porters!), you know. hahah

kayni said...

exciting. i've been wanting to visit Machu Picchu, but it might take a while before i'm in shape to do any stressful hiking. i'll gladly take the bus from aguas calientes...lol. when are you guys going? i'm planning a trip in two years - probably.

Loree said...

I too would love to walk that ancient trail. I have always been fascinated by Machu Pichu and the Inca civilization that built such a magnificent city.

Angeli said...

hi kayni. If everything goes according to plan, we’d go by the middle of next year. Maybe you can take the Hiram Bingham train to Aguas Calientes and then the bus from there. The train ride, they say is quite something, too.

hi loree.there is something magical about the place. and we need to go see it before it gets too run-down and its magic all gone. :)

Amelia said...

sounds interesting Angeli ;) update if you happen to plan your trip there ;)

cheers to a good life!!

Angeli said...

i will, amie. pero matagal pa naman siya kaya wala pang definite plans. :)

kayni said...

sounds good. i've been trying to get someone to go with me, so we shall see...lol.

 
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