After a great couple of days hanging at Cola De Mono (remember here), we left the van and headed for Machu Picchu via a short, scenic, and cheap hydroelectric train ride to Aguas Calientes.
After being in the jungle for several days, we were looking forward to checking into our hotel suite at the Rupa Wasi. Upon arrival, Stevie took a hot bath until her skin pruned and Soleil played rubber baby buggy bumpers against the down pillows.
Yup, my girls were happy.
Me… I did what I always do when there is internet connection. I worked.
After a couple hours of grooming, we went to dinner at their famous restaurant, aptly named The Tree House, and as promised, the trout carpaccio was off the hook! (remember the hook up here).
During dinner I noticed Soleil eyeballing every dish. I think it might be time to start her on some solid foods soon!
Stevie and I were really excited to check out Machu Picchu the following day. We decided it was finally time to spring the surprise on Sol. Wow, was she ever excited!
“Googy Gaga Googy Ga!!!!”
“You mean we’re really going to Machu Picchu!!! Yaaaay!!!”
Our plan was to wake up at 4am, have breakfast at 4:30, and be at the bus stop to catch the first ride to the ruins.
F.I.R.S.T – it’s how we roll.
Soleil was so excited that she decided to get up at 3:20am. So we were more than ready.
And WOW, it was worth it. We’ve been to a LOT of ruins. Machu Picchu is the best of show in my opinion. Those Incas knew what was up.
Like the pyramids in Egypt, there is a lot of debate about how exactly the primitive Incas where able to construct such amazing structures out of huge, perfectly cut stones. I’m going with Aliens. There is just no other explanation.
The ruins actually make for some great bouldering, but Stevie scolded me for leaving the ground with Sol on my back. Too bad… I’m pretty sure that roof would have gone onsight.
I doubt I was the first person to climb the ruins, but I can say with almost certainty that Stevie was probably the first gringa to breastfeed at the temple.
While we were walking around, we got a lot of attention for having a baby way up there at that altitude at Machu Picchu at 6am in the morning. One European tourist said to me,
“It’s great that you bring the baby, but it doesn’t matter, she won’t remember a thing”
“Bro, she won’t have to remember. This is her country. This is her land… it’s already a part of her”
Now that Machu Picchu is done, we can FINALLY leave Peru.
Our plan is to head back to Cusco, get the van tuned up, get Sol her 6 month vaccines, and then head into Bolivia. We’re all so excited. A new country for Sol. A new adventure for all of us. It’s time to move on.
Next country… Bolivia.