Never before had the famous quote: ‘It’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey,’ felt so true.
For the last four days, I had been hiking through stunning Peruvian mountains to reach my destination, the famous UNESCO World Heritage site of Machu Picchu.
But now, sitting on the ground under a make-shift bus shelter, in the dark at 3am, waiting to be allowed onto the final stage of the trek, I didn’t want the journey to end.
It had been such an amazing, challenging and memorable experience just to get to this point that reaching my goal was going to be surprisingly bittersweet.
I was travelling in a group with 11 other people with adventure tour operator G Adventures. Rather than taking a train then a bus like most tourists do, we were lucky enough to be hiking the Inca Trail as only 500 people are allowed on it each day.
The 25-mile stretch of ancient footpaths weave through the Andes to Machu Picchu, the 15th century Inca site that was only discovered 100 years ago.