Machu Picchu is a big deal. You have to go. That’s what everyone says.
For those of you who don’t know, Machu Picchu is a famous Inca ruin located on southern Peru. Perhaps one of the most famous ruins in the world.
We always planned to go to Machu Picchu, despite the fact that the feedback from other overlanders was not always positive. Most people we talked to were a little bitter about how expensive it was. Machu is a true, worldwide tourist destination, and the blow to your pocket book is proof of that fact.
So, I told Stevie that if we’re going to get porked going to see Machu Picchu, let’s at least get porked REALLY good… and have FUN.
I suggested that instead of hunting for the cheapest hostel and finding ways to cut the costs, lets go all in and stay at the fanciest, nicest hotel in the area. Let’s rock that shit.
That happens to be the Rupa Wasi, a beautiful boutique hotel on the hill with panoramic views of the mountain. They feature a gourmet restaurant that serves fresh trout carpaccio. They have down pillows, 24 hour hot water, and wifi.
This was a hard sell to Stevie. I had to convince her. April is my birthday month, so I pitched that we get the cheapest standard room they had, which was still ridiculous.
YEAH… Let’s get PORKED!
So, we were at a BBQ with Gian Marco and his brothers a couple days ago. I was bragging to them about our grand plans of staying at the nicest hotel at Machu Picchu. Gian Marco said to me…
“Oh, you mean the Rupa Wasi? The owner is a good friend. He lives right next door. I’ll call him over now. We’ll get you taken care of Tree”
Seriously? You could’t script this. Sure enough, 3 minutes later the owner, Francisco, showed up for the BBQ. After greeting everyone with hugs (and a kiss on the cheek for Stevie), he said…
“No problem, I have you taken care of. We’ll give you our best suite with the balcony. It has a great view of the mountains, and a huge bathtub for your wife. Wait until you try my food there. You will love. You must try the pork. I will have it ready for you. I will call the hotel now and set it up”
And that’s how it happens.
That’s how you go from getting porked… to getting hooked the F’ up.
This just in, gringos grow about 2 to 1 in Peru. Our 5 month old is almost as tall as a 1 year old.
So we’re going to be mostly offline for the next several days. Tomorrow we leave with Gian Marco to do the 6 hour drive to Santa Teresa. We’ll post up at his adventure resort, Colo De Mono until Sunday. Can’t wait to see his place there. It’s suppose to be off the hook.
After that Stevie, Sol and I will take a train to Machu Picchu where we’ll spend two nights at the Rupa Wasi. Looking forward to that trout carpaccio!
Life is good,