Completing the 4 day/3 night Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is probably one of those most sought after bucket list experiences in the world. Without a doubt, it was one of the most memorable journeys during our stint in South America (Sudamerica).
I’m no doctor – let me just put it out there. But I have experienced altitude sickness so debilitating (or at least that’s how I felt), that I almost bought a return ticket back home from South America. According to Altitude.org, altitude sickness has three forms: The common mild altitude sickness or acute mountain sickness (AMS), which is said to be quite similar to a hangover. Headaches, nausea, and fatigue are common symptoms. Altitude.org warns that if you have AMS, you should take this as a warning sign that you are at risk of the serious forms of altitude sickness. HAPE, and HACE*. Both HAPE and HACE can be fatal within hours. (More information can be found on their website). That backpacking trip my husband and I did to South America really tested our overall endurance. We trained physically and mentally for a year (running, circuit training, weights you name it) knowing that we were going to do a lot of trekking and walking around. But we soon found out that altitude has a way of creeping up on …
To tell you the truth, I didn’t really have a clear train of thought or plan when I started this post. I was thoroughly enjoying a mango cheek when, for some odd reason, thought about cuy – guinea pig in plain english.
Apologies for the lack of posts. I have been keeping tabs of our adventures in a journal that I carry so I will be doing a bulk upload at some point. Which brings me to my next point, is there a way I can back-date WordPress entries? So today, we’re off to Arequipa. Our Cruz del Sur bus leaves early afternoon on a 15hr bus ride across the beautiful Andes. As we were doing research, we stumbled upon this Lonely Planet forum thread & article which really gave us the hibby-jibbys. Hijacking? Assault? Stuff stolen? As a ‘traveller’, I like to keep an open mind & not be swayed by such reports. After all, how often does hijacking happen? But having said that, I pray that everything goes well & that we are safe throughout our 3 month stint in this beautiful continent. I hope these photos temporarily fill the void in my lack of posts. Safe travels….