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A pilgrimage to Machu Picchu
去秘魯馬丘比丘朝聖 追隨攝影師祖父的印跡

A view of the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu in Cusco, Peru taken on Dec. 2, 2014. This photo is unrelated to the author of the original New York Times article.

Photo: Reuters

My grandfather was an architect. He was also an amateur photographer and I remember, growing up, my grandmother showed me all these slides of his travels, including to Machu Picchu, on light boxes.

My going to Machu Picchu felt like a pilgrimage — in some ways connected to my family, but also just for me. The trek gives you a sense of how big the Inca Empire was — it’s incredible to see a piece of this huge civilization. They managed to grow crops in different altitudes and different climates and build these villages. All the Inca trails and paths around the Andes were built to get to Machu Picchu.

For seven days we didn’t see a shower, a motorbike, a plane, a cellphone. We just saw nature. About halfway through the trek, there were some thermal baths coming from the mountains. Yet the rivers are really cold, like snow. You have to get all the right clothes for many different climates — it’s freezing at night, and incredibly hot in the day. You are more with yourself. It was hard to breathe at this altitude. Your brain is not thinking properly; it operates differently.

This article is an edited version of a piece that originally appeared in the New York Times Magazine

(NEW YORK TIMES / Jaime Lowe)





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