Yesterday I was reading a quote by Anne Frank which goes something like:
“Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy”
– Anne Frank
This quote relates very closely to the experience that my very good friend had in Machu Picchu, Peru and I would like to share it here with you in my edit!
“Lately I had an awful amount of depression and I just felt like there was a dark force that was pushing me down away from a healthy and normal life. The thing was that I just got out of a long relationship and the work load was getting just too much, plus I was getting regular panic attacks. Although my shrink and all of my friends had been asking me to go on a long vacation, I just couldn’t seem to make time to do that and even if I had the time, I didn’t want to go alone. However, time was passing, when one day one of my friends and her new girlfriend made a plan and looking at my condition, they asked me to come along and have some fun!
At first I hesitated, but both of them were very supportive of everything I have been going through and they promised that if this trip does not turn out to be the best one I had, they would come back from the first flight they are going to get. Honestly, it was high time for me to find some inner peace and explore the world as well as myself. Apparently we were going to the legendary sanctuary of Machu Picchu and although I have heard a lot about the Machu Picchu Facts on the News Peru Media, and I knew that it was located in Peru, I was pretty shocked at first, since I was not such an adventure loving person myself, but my friend and his girlfriend were pretty sure about this and they were quite excited to learn new facts about Machu Picchu.
So, we set out to discover the amazing and marvellous land of Peru Ruin, which is a habitat to a mixture of people of Indian and Spanish backgrounds and cultures. First, we went to Lima which is the capital city of Peru and although it took us a long time to reach there but it was surely worth it. There were many things that I found out in the first few minutes of my stay at Lima for example, in case you are a traveler from the east coast area, you will not be jet lagged since both of these areas are pretty much in the same time zone. We settled down in our room and changed into something more exotic. After that, we headed out to the restaurant, which was more like a bar for dinner and what we saw there was nothing similar to my expectations. There were many people gathered in the restaurant and they were all singing songs of their ancestors with their families. All of the families were dancing and making that time, a time to remember, a memory to behold for the rest of their lives and they were smiling like someone happy is supposed to smile.
“When you do things from your soul, you feel a river of joy within you”
I couldn’t resist this moment and I stood up with my friend and danced at the rhythm of those dejembe. The rest of our two days at Limo was spent looking at some other artefacts of Peru and before we knew, it was time for us to go to the real destination which was Machu Picchu, the city that was frozen for generations to come.
There were two ways through which you can reach the mystic city of Interesting Machu Picchu; one is through a luxury train ride which you can get if you can afford or the four hour hike on the challenging Inka trail. Of course I was too fragile for that hike, so I took the expensive train ride while my friend and his girlfriend decided to go for the hike and enjoy the breeze of these ancient roadways. I am sure that they had a wonderful time, but mine was pretty fabulous as well. I enjoyed a 5 star meal and there were famous travellers on board from whom I learned so much about this civilisation. After enjoying that fine dining and the beautiful views, I took off on the train station, where a bus was waiting for all of the tourists. We were booked in a local lodge and after an hour and a half my friend and his girlfriend joined me. They had their stories and I had mine, but both of them were refreshing and enjoyable in their own way. After some hours of rest, we set out to Explore Machu Picchu and as one of the travellers I met on the train have suggested, I packed a good number of water bottles for me and my Friends.
After taking a bus ride, to the starting point of the hike, we set out for the hike and since I had never hiked before in my life, the support of my friends and other tourists was much appreciated. I was scared for the first five minutes, but as soon as I got a bit further I forgot everything and got lost in the mystical and Spiritual views that were surrounding us. It was like I was in a manga, movie and floating island ships were about to appear from behind the trees and mountains. We reached there in no time, but even at this early hour of the day, we were still to stand in a long line of tourists that were standing there for God knows how long, but something this small was not about to stray us from seeing the little part of heaven on earth. As we got there, it was a sight which I had only seen in books and on the internet or in the movies and now I was standing right in front of it and it was certainly glorious. These were the ruins of a fort and they consisted of Interesting Machu Picchu Facts and enormous boulders that were together, forming walls in the shape of a crossing manner. These boulders weighted more than 1025 tons and they were placed together without the help of any machinery or technology whatsoever. The most mesmerising thing was that all of these rocks were placed perfectly.
There were hundreds of other people on the hills and they were all stacked up in there for God knows how long. These people came from around the world and they were gathered here to witness one of the world’s most beautiful monument. After a while the local ceremony for the Inspiration and entertainment the tourists began, in which a bunch of representatives came out wearing the traditional Inka robes. They were carrying their king, and when the king arrived, the main purpose of the ceremony was initiated, which was called the sun to come out of the dark clouds and bless the entire surroundings. He was constantly chanting his religious lines which meant “sun, the sun god, come and warm us up”. It was definitely an empowering ceremony and I learnt so much. After that we headed out to the local market, and it was definitely a dangerous place for men and their wallets, since they had a huge amount of souvenirs in there and all the tourist women were buying them like this was the last time they were going to be here. Although, I made myself a bit more useful and bought a few gifts for my Family. After coming back to our lodge, we decided to get some dinner, which we enjoyed in the middle of mountains and hills that were majestic as ever. After that we went to get some sleep, since we wanted to get an early start for tomorrow’s trail.
As we have heard about the sunset of Machu Picchu throughout our way, we wanted to experience it for ourselves, but it was nothing like what we had heard. There is nothing that could have prepared for this majestic view. The sun was coming out of the mountains and it was like the world stood still while the sun moved towards us. All of my worries and all of the depression that I had seemed to be goingthroughwere vanished and there was nothing but peace and memories that I was going to cherish for the rest of my life. In the words of Rumi:
“In the sea of serenity and purity, I dissolved like salt. Belief, unbelief, conviction, doubt- none remained. A star appeared inside my heart. The seven heavens in the star’s light”
This site was Discovered almost a century ago and since then, the world seems to be in love with it. Every year, millions of tourists visit this site and some of them probably go through the same experience as I am going through right now. I was unable to blink my eyes, I just wanted to see as much as I can and I wanted to take as much air as I can. After that we roamed the great city and on the way, we met some people who have been researching on this site for quite some time. Some of them told us that there have been many speculations about the date on which this great city was built, but most of the researchers agree that it was built in the 15th century. You cannot see the city of Machu Picchu from the valley below and it is mysteriously watered from natural causes. It is also believed that this city was built for the elite class of the Inka tribe.
After learning about some of these interesting facts, we had to hire a guide, because there was no way through which we could understand or appreciate this magnificent site without the proper information. The architecture of these buildings that the people of Inka tribe built so many years ago is unbelievable. We thanked our guide, paid him a good tip since he had shown us every nook and cranny of this place. As a gesture of his gratitude, our guide gave us some extra information about Machu Picchu, which was that at one time there were only 300 people that lived in this city. It took about 15 generations for the Inka people build this city and it was certainly an honor Walking The Spirit Tours. It took an entire day for us to explore this entire site and we enjoyed it fully, plus the water bottles were surely a helpful prop during this exploration. At the end of the day, I went back to the lodge with a new perspective and a life that has a huge amount of hope and peace in it.
These people worked on something that they believed in and through that, they achieved something that is still shocking the biggest brains of the world even in this era. Now, I understand that it is now the place that matters; it is the Spiritual Journey that matters. Every step of the way, we learnt something new and we have gained a new perspective towards the world and Machu Picchu History. I witnessed historic events, experienced things that I had never done before and this made me realize that I might not be as fragile as I thought I was. We went back to the lodge, got some body massages in the middle of this beautiful scenery and spent the rest of our trip exploring the rest of Machu Picchu.
On my trip I also came to know about a famous ceremony that is performed by the locals called “Pachamama”, which means “mother earth” and the Peruvian people use it as a rite of passage in their shamanism. According to the people of Peru and their history, everything that comes into one’s life exists, begins and finally, ends in absolute communion and dialogue with Pachamama, who they refer to as the whole of their land. As I moved forward, I began to understand the concept of Pachamama and began to notice the matter and spirit that this land holds both outside and inside of space and time. If you take the natural world for instance, you will come to know that we are living in a world filled with expressions from Pachamama. Everything and anything that surrounds us in the nature, is born from the land itself, and at the end of its life, it is going to return to the same land and thus the circle of life, rebirth and death goes on and on. Some of the spiritual people that I met during the trip also told me that Pachamama can also be defined as the energy field that exists between all the living things. I was in a bad place before and that was something that was bringing a negative vibe into my life, this place just spoke to me! As the same famous Persian poet ’Rumi’ once said:
“I will soothe you and heal you, I will bring you roses I too have been covered with thorns”
Now I would personally recommend to many other people similar to me – do not listen to the excuses that have been roaming around in your head. I say that is getting out of your house, take a break and get moving because that is how your real life will begin. You will learn that all you need is a little break and after you are through with all of this, you will find life to be a lot brighter and interesting!
I know that I will be heading out to a new location pretty soon looking for more beauty, which taught me that there is a lot more beauty in the world as compared to the ugliness. I do not know about others, but I would recommend Peru, Machu Picchu to be at the top of the list because it is filled with healing and breathtaking views. You can enjoy in case you love to hike and find your ways as you go along and it would be an esthetic experience for you In case you are a fan of luxury travel.”