Seeing Machu Picchu and How Surprised I was.
Today was the day that I have always dreamed of, seeing Machu Picchu! I was so excited that waking up at 5am felt like nothing. All I wanted to do was get up to the site and start exploring.
Konrad and I already booked everything prior to this day since we knew getting tickets for Machu Picchu in the village of Aguas Calientes would be trouble. Once we reached the site, our climb to reach Machu Picchu was about 20 minutes long. But once we reached the top, the two of us were mesmerized, by how incredible beautiful Machu Picchu was. It took us about a minute to actually say a word since staring over white fluffy clouds and bright green rainforest mountains in the background was breathtaking.
I booked the ticket to Machu Picchu that included an extra fee for climbing the Huayna Picchu or Wayna Picchu. Only 200 people are allowed to climb this mountain during certain time slots. I booked our time-slot between 7 and 8am. So as far as I knew, we started to climb one of the mountains, not realizing that it was the wrong one. About an hour into the climb I decided to stop, because the only thing you could see was white fluffy clouds. Konrad looked a little worried, which at the time I didn’t know why. But we decided to turn back and see what other mountains we could climb. As we continued to explore the sites of the ruins, we finally made it to the other end of the park. There was a small gate, which happened to be the entrance of Wayna Picchu. I couldn’t believe we were lucky enough to stop climbing the other one since it was the wrong one, Machu Picchu Mountain. The park guides told us we were two hours late, since our time slot was supposed to be at 7am. But with a strike of luck, they happened to let us in. Once we started the climb of 1400 steps vertically high, the rain started to pour heavily. I was thankful I brought my gore-tex jacket, but at the same time the steps were so narrow that climbing on wet, small steps made it even more of a challenge. Although, Konrad kept saying to me, “this is going to be a life changing experience.” “Ya”, was all I could say, “Yes it will be if I fall!” Once we reached the top, the clouds were starting to disappear, which was lovely. The view of Machu Picchu became clearer as time passed. I was so excited to see Machu Picchu from such a height that I couldn’t stop taking pictures. It wasn’t until I realized how cold I was, that I immediately wanted to go back down. But as I was mentioning how freezing I was to Konrad, he suddenly went down on one knee and asked me to marry him! I was in shock, so of course no words came out of my mouth for that second, but as I saw the ring I knew I was not in a dream! I said “YES of course” and was so happy that the remaining of the day spend seeing Machu Picchu was even more exciting than seeing it for the first time!!