Guest Writer, Mohammed Azam
Manchester: There are a handful of cities dotted throughout the globe which catch the attention of the modern traveller and public at large. Machu Picchu is one of these famed ancient cities which captures the imagination of adventures across the globe. Machu Picchu was built in 1450AD by the Inca civilisations of South American. The ruins of the city can be found in modern day Peru. Many archaeologists believe this city was originally built as an estate for the Inca Emperor Pachacuti and declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1983. American historian Hiram Bingham over a century ago in 1911 brought the Inca marvel into the public sphere. Mohammed Azam a Scientist from the UK had an opportunity to the visit Machu Picchu in May, 2017. A self-professed adventurer/explorer Azam has enjoyed exploring, researching and visiting places of heritage and world importance & being physically fit he climbed the mountain peaks of Peru to reach the summit and undertake an adventure of a lifetime exploring Native South American heritage.
Adventure and challenges were what I was seeking, and what I discovered was something far greater. My name is Azam a fairly active guy in his 30s wanting to seek out something different something unusual and after much deliberation I decided to trek the Salkantay peak in South America (Peru). I was confident, physically strong and well organised to tackle this hike. This was my first time I had been to South America but that didn’t deter me even though I was travelling alone.
This was a 5 day trek, walking 75km up to an altitude of 4620 meter and finally a decent to Machu Picchu, one of the new 7 wonders of the world. As I started out immediately I felt out of breath, got headaches and struggled to keep up an average pace. That first day was painful and hard even for me, what I didn’t consider was altitude sickness having only landed the day before I did not give myself time to acclimatise. Still I persevered and managed to make it to the first camp where I was able to rest up. At that point I wandered how I would continue my journey, visiting the sacred site of Machu Picchu was one of my dreams and I had spent a lot of money making it this far.
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During the night of the first day I met with other like minded people who were also taking part in the trek and I told them the pain I was feeling. They simply told me to keep trying, push yourself and gave me positivity when I was down. So I forced myself, to push through the pain and I marched as far as I can on the second day. With the help of random strangers I had just met along the way, I succeeded in reaching the Salkantay Pass. The feeling was amazing, being one of a lucky few people to ever pass through these remote parts of the world.
From that point onwards my spirit was lifted, I knew I could do this trek and reach my destination. When I did I wasn’t disappointed, the site itself is breath taking and can only be appreciated when there. If you have ever wanted to visit Machu Picchu I would most definitely recommend it. I Hope my short story inspires people to go out there and discover the world. Never give up wanting to achieve something.