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Wendy Beckwith

Chicago, Illinois Travel Agent
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Wendy Beckwith

Wendy Beckwith

Chicago, Illinois Travel Agent
Travel. Adventure. Wanderlust., an independent agent with Travel Leaders Albertville, MN
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My first Solo Trip - Peru, South America

Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu

I was nervous. I was solo traveling for my first time ever. I usually travel for work but always with a group and not usually out of the country. I flew through Atlanta to Lima where I spent my first night. The next morning I woke up to explore the downtown area of Lima. I found some amazing architecture and a mall where I was able to get my phone to work. I quickly was embarrassed by my lack of language retention from high school (20 years prior). I took lots of pictures and did some people watching. Eventually I headed back to my hotel to grab my bags to catch my flight to Cusco. The short flight was one of the most turbulent flights I have ever been on, and absolutely the emptiest flight I have ever been on. Landing in Cusco, a representative from my hotel met me at the airport with a taxi and brought me to the hotel, while pointing out many points of interest along the way. Cusco has a very high elevation, 11,000 ft and it often causes altitude sickness. The hotel provided me with Coca tea and leaves to relieve the effects of altitude sickness. I wandered out for dinner and had my first Peruvian Ceviche and Pisco Sour! The next couple days I walked to Sacsahuaman, and Blanco Christo, visited many museums and churches and ate some really great foods! I took a private cab to Ollantaytambo to catch the train to Machu Picchu. I arrived a couple hours before my train, and was able to stow my luggage in the train office.  I bought a hat in order to shade myself from the sun as it was a very hot day. In Ollataytambo I visited the ruins and the wind prompty blew my hat off my head, and down the hill soo far.  The trail in Ollantaytambo is one way and I couldn't go back to get my hat at the bottom of the hill until I had made it all the way up and around the whole area of Ruins. At one point I could look back an see my hat, laying in a grassy area about a third of the way up the steps I had taken and once I got finished, I began again and was able to reach my hat before it blew any further away.   Upon Exiting the Ruins, I explored the shops in the small city of Ollantaytambo while I continued to wait for my train. The train ride to Machu Picchu Pueblo is through lovely vegetation and mountains and small villages, along the Urabamba river. Upon arriving in Machu Picchu Pueblo, also known as Aguas Calientes, I find my hotel and sleep.The next morning I meet my Machu Picchu guide in the line for the bus, he has already purchased bus tickets for us and we ride up the mountain. Each ticket into Machu Picchu came with two entries so once I was finished with my initial tour, I was able to go back and see things we had skipped. I visited the Sun gate and the Inca bridge and revisited a couple areas that I wanted better pictures of and a couple areas we hadn't seen. I had a couple more days in the Pueblo, one more to explore the Pueblo and one more reservation for Machu Picchu Citadel in which I had a ticket to climb Machu Picchu mountain. In my time at Machu Picchu I visited the museum and two waterfalls along with wandering the city and finding the hot springs and a botanical gardens. I took a late train back to Ollantaytambo and got a room for the night. A taxi took me back to Cusco in the morning where I visited the temple of the moon and the temple of the monkey, the Quoricancha, and an art market in the next couple days. My flight back to Lima was uneventful and I spent the next two days visiting art museums and exploring Miraflores and the Barranco district of Lima. Overall my trip to Peru was very liberating.  I learned that I can indeed travel on my own and handle all of the things that came up.  I also learned that I am not comfortable negotiating prices, and I will overpay just to not have to haggle.  I somehow packed pretty light and was still way over packed.  I have never been able to pack in just a hiking backpack before this and I haven't been able to since - however I did learn that it is possible; (I still brought too mush stuff) My anxiety about traveling solo was ever-present and it still is every time i continue to travel by myself, but I learned I can do it and love the exhilaration I get once I have accomplished it by myself.  

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