University of Texas - Austin
Imaginary Travel to Machu Picchu
You’ve got a ticket in your hand - Where will you go? What will you do? What will happen when you get there?
Ever since I was a child, I fantasized on going on an adventure right out of Indiana Jones. If I were given a golden ticket heading anywhere, I would unquestionably opt for an expedition. Right now, my definition of a place that embodies that Indiana Jones’ spirit is Machu Picchu; except my journey there won’t involve any Nazi officers or treasure hunting. I want my expedition to be open to all possibilities; acting upon my instincts and intuition. I tend to be a minimalist, so I just need a backpack, sturdy hiking boots, and some cash. Bringing only what is necessary allows me to better connect with my surroundings
The starting point of the trip will not be Machu Picchu - rather, Cusco, a city in Peru 11,200 feet above sea level, at mid-October when the weather is still dry and cool. Sparing myself one or two days to adjust to the thin air will be a smart idea. After overcoming the altitude and a little bit of jet lag, I will start to prepare.
There are two routes available from Cusco to Machu Picchu - a worn trail used by the Incas and railroad tracks for the train. The trail is known for its severe climb, so, most tourists choose the bus or train. As an adventurer, however, I am here to appreciate the lives of the men who...
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