Photo Dump: Cusco + Machu Picchu, Peru
This post is two years late. But life happens.
To put it simply, our trip to Cusco, Peru was not a fun one— which is probably why I never bothered to post this part of our trip as quickly as I posted the others.
Cusco is a city in the southeastern part of Peru where the famed Machu Picchu is located. If you pay attention to your History and Geography Class, Machu Picchu is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
As excited as I was, I did not expect for altitude sickness to be as bad as my husband told me. Throughout our 4-day stay in Cusco, which is about 12,000 feet above sea level, I had a raging headache that almost felt like my head was going to explode any minute, throwing my stomach into full force upheaval every night.
Every morning, I breathed oxygen for breakfast — literally — and carried a can with me everywhere we went. This was my first time experiencing altitude sickness and boy, it’s not fun.
But don’t let this and my miserable photo above deter you from seeing Machu Picchu. In fact, the only time I felt better was when we descended to Machu Picchu, which is about 8000 feet above sea level. It’s a once in a lifetime chance so I highly recommend that you go see it but please — I beg you — be a responsible tourist. Take your trash with you and don’t use the stones as prop for your shameless selfies. The citadel has been around for centuries, give it some respect.
Chad and I were really disappointed by how much social media and our constant need for attention has made us so irresponsible when it comes to taking care of our heritage sites.
If you’re looking for an affordable place to stay in Cusco, we highly recommend Cusco Packers Hostel. Dan, the manager, took such great care of us and was such a splendid host. If not for the altitude sickness, we would definitely be back.
Enjoy the pictures!