We opted to go early in the morning and were very glad we were there to watch the sun rise above the city before all the massive tour buses had arrived. It was more magical and emotional than I anticipated. We had watched a documentary the night before to get a better understanding, but nothing matched walking the site in person. It was truly wonderful and although quite expensive, we were ecstatic to have experienced it.
The Incan’s created the largest empire in the world during the 16th century; stretching from modern day Chile to Colombia. How they resurfaced an entire mountain top, how they got these massive stones up the steep mountain side without animals, why this site survived the Spanish invasion? All these unanswered questions really smack you in the face when you’re sitting on the terraces overlooking this beautiful town.
The laws of attraction stay the the same on a bicycle or not; remaining open and positive will always bring you to great places.
We never met a ton of other travelers when we were cycling. As we tended to end up in random places and sought out different destinations than typical backpackers. Now we had fellow travelers around us all the time as we more or less hopped on the typical “circuit.” It was nice to have people to swap stories with and discuss future travel plans.
It is a pleasure to wander through nearly an entire continent that speaks the same language. Now...to learn some Spanish!
First stop Cusco, Peru! Cusco sits high in the mountains, high enough to have us both feeling a little loopy when we arrived. We were happy to back in a land of plentiful fruit and ceviche. Plus now we could actually afford to eat out again, and kiss our european gas station sandwich diet goodbye.
New Blog up! (link in bio) Check out our first blog on South America :) and without the bikes :(
Europe is done, our bikes are gone, and we are headed to South America. I think we are both a little sad, excited, and not sure what to think about our new lives. Europe gave us some good times, we saw a lot of art, history, and made a lot of friends. It was a family vacation for the books. And it is an end of an era. South America is waiting, and the Andes are calling!
We met up with Tiffany and Nic in Munich, Germany! Cheap flights are back on the table! We were immediately served some big ole’ german beers and bratwurst and sauerkraut. Nic graciously let us crash at his place for a couple nights and we had a great time freezing our asses off floating down the Eisbach River in the English Garden and enjoying a potluck with friends. We popped over to Berlin to check out some street art, hip coffee shops and walked all of Copenhagen in the rain before catching our flight to Lima, Peru.