Like most traditional, Asian parents, my mother has a never-ending list of superstitions that she truly believes in. They are superstitions that when younger, I never questioned. She was born in a small village in Lang Son, located in the northern part of Vietnam. Maybe it was because she was born in this tiny village, that these beliefs are so strong for her, because my father, who was born in Hanoi, doesn’t believe a single word of it. In fact, he constantly laughs at her when she tells us not to do something because of a superstition.
There’s always a lot going as June comes to an end, and we welcome in July. There’s Canada Day, there’s the American Independence Day, there’s the anniversary of the Battle of Somme, and for me personally, it marks exactly 3 years that I’ve been abroad.
Hikers, are sure to jump at the chance of trekking the Inca Trail all the way to Machu Picchu, but at about $600 USD, it isn’t cheap, and it sells out incredibly quickly. I managed to get there without trekking the Inca Trail, but it wasn’t easy, and involved quite a lot of traveling on different forms of transports. On the way, I picked up some great tips to hopefully help future travellers on their way. Here’s how to travel to Machu Picchu.
When I found out that tickets for the Inca Trail was sold out, I was gutted. I’d been itching for a long, tough hike for a year, and no other chances like this were really going to come up on my travels in Peru. That thought quickly changed when I thought about the $600 – 700 USD I would be saving, and the train I would have to take to Machu Picchu instead.
I could hear what I thought was water being continuously thrown from someone’s window close by – sometimes that randomly happens here in Peru. I wished it was, anyway. Today was the day that I see Machu Picchu, and I didn’t want rain to ruin that experience for me. I opened the curtains, the sun was not yet up – it was only 4.30am after all, but I was up and ready to be one of the first persons of the day to explore the world’s most famous archaeological sites.