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I did it!

Another mountain conquered, another chapter opened

Machu Picchu, Peru

Even though we took the horses to the pass on Day 2, I trekked a 1,300 meter descent to reach Ollantaytambo (coolest town ever) and took a train the the foot of Machu Picchu. I then trekked, by myself, for nearly two and a half hours to reach WinaWayna (magical city built into the hills), and another two hours to reach the Sun Gate, the perfect viewing spot for Machu Picchu.

I did it! And I did it all by myself!

We were at a lower elevation on the last day, so I felt like a million bucks. And although the stairs were uneven and steep, I literally skipped from one to the next in utter joy. I saw snails and butterflies and beetles and llamas. I felt the scorching sun on the back of my neck and the cool breeze of the jungle on my face.

I felt complete independence.

What a wonderful rush!