As you’re reading this post, my friend Stacey and I are hiking the 26-mile Inca Trail through the Andes to get to Machu Picchu! So, today’s quotes are a bit of motivation for us, but also motivation for you guys. Although I haven’t seen them first hand yet, I know that this is a site that is not going to disappoint me!
“Few romances can ever surpass that of the granite citadel on top of the beetling precipices of Machu Picchu, the crown of Inca Land.”
“For the first time since dropping out of graduate school, I remembered an unpleasant weekend spent struggling to comprehend the philosopher Immanuel Kant’s explanation of the difference between calling something beautiful and calling it sublime. Nowadays, we throw around the word ‘sublime’ to describe gooey desserts or overpriced handbags. In Kant’s epistemology it meant something limitless, and aesthetically pleasing entity so huge that it made the perceiver’s head hurt. Machu Picchu isn’t just beautiful, it’s sublime.”
-Mark Adams, Turn Right at Machu Picchu–
“Of course, tourists traveling in their comfortable rail coaches could only glean the vaguest idea of the conditions in which the Indians live, from the fast glimpses they catch as they speed past our train, which has stopped to let them pass. The fact that is was the U.S. archaeologist Bingham who discovered the ruins and expounded his findings in easily accessible articles for the general public, means that Machu Picchu is by now very famous in that country to the north and the majority of North Americans visiting Peru come here. (In general they fly direct to Lima, tour Cuzco, visit the ruins and return straight home, not believing that anything else is worth seeing.”
-Che Guevara, The Motorcycle Diaries–
“Accept that cars aren’t necessary and that some meals take hours, that we can now fly to space, that there’s nothing wrong with crashing on couches if you’re on an adventures, that three outfits are enough, that sunrises are free, that the first time you see Machu Picchu it will break your heart, that being alone in a country with no money or return rocket will teach you more about yourself than any therapist ever could.”
-Aric S. Queen-
“In the variety of its charms and the power of its spell, I know of no other place in the weld which can compare with it.”
-Hiram Bingham, ‘discoverer’ of Machu Picchu-
“I was moved beyond words. The tram ride over the mountains from Lake Titicaca to Cusco reminded me of Africa where I grew up; and 4 days walking on the Inca Trail, then more in the jungle, just magnificent- time, space, and splendor. Our planet is superb.
Stacey and I are a day away from finishing the Inca Trail and seeing the beautiful Machu Picchu. You can follow our trip in real time (as often as we have wifi) from my Instagram- @fortheloveofwanderlust
*Photo by my good friend Sherwin Walden
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