Sunday, April 15, 2007

Machu Picchu: to go or not to go?

I met my friend WL, aka "he who makes things pretty" (he's in marketing so can't help being superficial about some things) for dinner last night at Trevor Kitchen and Bar. It'd been a while since we last got together to catch up so we were due for a big round-up of the latest developments. He's planning a trip later this summer to Machu Picchu with his brother and a girl friend and asked me if I was interested in going.

The short answer? YES! It would be so much fun! The thing holding me back? Well. The first thing that comes to mind is the cost. I wasn't planning on going on another big trip this year and this would certainly be a big trip, ringing in at $2000+.

This is the tour under consideration, and the part that scares me is Days 4 through 7:

The 4-day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is physically challenging but worthwhile, and the excursion is within the ability of most reasonably fit. The Inca Trail is exceptional, however it is important to be prepared! It is a 40-km (25 mile) hike, with 3 high passes to be crossed, one of which reaches an elevation of 4200m (13776 ft). The trail is often steep, and it may rain even during the dry season...

I'm concerned about my overall fitness, but I figure I have the time between now and then to improve it at the gym. The most worrisome thing for me is though the 3 nights camping during the hike. I have NEVER camped before in my life and I'm not sure that this is the best time to lose my tent-sleeping virginity. And finally, the superficial reason is that I don't have a very, shall we say, "rugged" wardrobe (I'm a girly-girl for crying out loud!) so this would having to go shopping for new clothes and potentially some gear.

Despite these misgivings, I think I just may do it. This could me by birthday gift to me - besides, you only live once, right?

1 comment:

The Lone Beader said...

Yes. In fact, my motto is, 'life is short'....

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