Honors student and H2Peru explorer Rachel Lindsey reports on how the experience of Machu Picchu measured up to her lofty expectations and on the scenic path of the Inca Bridge that gave her that sought-after transformative experience.
I had the remarkable opportunity to visit Machu Picchu along with the rest of the H2Peru group. Most of what I knew about Machu Picchu before actually visiting concerned the effect it can have on the observer—I have always heard that seeing the site for yourself is a mystical, transformative, experience.
Without realizing it, I had set expectations for how I should feel while at Machu Picchu, one of the seven wonders of the world. This schema I had developed was not initially fulfilled. We arrived at the site and spent most of the sunny, dry, morning maneuvering through droves of fellow tourists in an effort to keep up with our chatty tour guide. Strikingly aware of the experiences of those before me, I felt pressured to discern a change within myself, or meet with a significant moment of clarity. Frustrated, I left for lunch along with the rest of the students and faculty. Continue reading