Peru is made of magic. From the instant we flew over the landscape, I knew we made a good choice of visiting the country during our trip.
Sean and I ended up staying in an airbnb accommodation in Cusco, where the husband and wife team, a martial arts and yoga instructor, took us in and treated us like life-long friends from the get-go. The coca tea calmed the small amount of altitude sickness that we had and shortly were making plans to join them on an all day hike outside Pisaq the next day. Usually the experts encourage a couple days of rest to acclimate, however we were feeling alright, so decided to join. What a great choice! From the hour long adventure to get to the trailhead, to seeing beautiful arrays of potato and quinoa fields, from adobe homes and ruins, and mountains looking like they'd been painted with bright green velvet, each turn brought a new wonderful sight. As we ate lunch, sitting atop a velvety patch of lush green, we overlooked not one, but two lakes - we were only 1/3 of the way there. By this time we were probably at around 3800m high. Weaving in and out, up and down and around, our group finally reached the top at over 4300m, where we took a break in the wind and fog before heading back down to the trailhead. Nine hours since the beginning of our day, I couldn't believe that it was only our second day in Peru, and we felt like we'd already seen so much.
Palta Rellena (stuffed avocados), alpaca steaks, 3-course handmade vegetarian lunches for 6 soles (~$2), pisco sours, and Green Point - a vegan restaurant in San Blas - made our stay in Cusco so enjoyable. Having friends to dine with was the cherry on top! Marianne and Shane - Thanks for all the pro-tips of your wonderful city.
Our adventure to Machu Picchu was more exciting than I would have expected. We originally wanted to take a 3-4 day trek to get there, however due to our lack of planning we came to Peru during the rainy season, and the only month that the Inca Trail is closed for maintenance. So our options were slim. We decided to take the fun route of downhill cycling for hours, trekking through the jungle for a day, soaking in natural hot springs and swinging on 6 different ziplines before walking on the railway tracks to Machu Picchu Pueblo, aka Aguas Calientes. The city of Machu Picchu is phenomenal in the fog and majestic in the heat of the middle of the day. Each ceremonial site of the sun, moon, stars, and earth captured my attention, made me stare at the carved stones in awe, and toned my legs with each step taken. There's no wonder why this is one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
In the last week, our adventures took us to Pucallpa, in the jungle, where it's hot, muggy, buggy, and the rain storms relieve only an ounce of the sweltering heat. We sat in a hammock on our porch, read books for hours on end, journaled, ate vegetarian food, drank jugs of water, and watched the birds fly overhead. It is here that I realized that it is now or never. I've been waiting for something. Looking for something. But I am who I am waiting for. I am what I am looking for. I already have all the tools that I need, I just need to be able to use them. So much of the time it's easier to look outside of yourself for the answers. Devotion and practice will always be the answer. Do the work! So starting yesterday, I decided to love myself on the day of Love, and I have re-dedicated myself to my practice. Again. Nothing too much, only 10 minutes of movement per day and at least 5 minutes of stillness. The same routine each day for a month, that way I don't have to think about it. I get up. Move. Witness my patterns. Practice patience and be still.
We are now at the beach in Barranca, Peru where I can dig my toes into the sand and know that all is right with the world.
I am on the journey to create joy and live with full happiness. And my wish for you is to do the same!
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