Finally, our endurance is put to the test. We set off to start the three-day Inca Quarry Trail. But even with the trek and adventure on our minds, there's so much to learn about the ancient people who used to walk these same paths eras ago.
You inhale. The feeling of new air mixes with unknown space as you first place one foot and then the other onto the path ahead. A lightness tickles your stomach, curling upwards and into your heart. It tugs at the outermost threads of your mind and trembles, massaging the gray area that arises between excitement and edginess. At once delighted and supernaturally aware of your surroundings, you begin to sink into the unfamiliar. The journey is afoot.
I wanted to experience more of the same. I couldn’t afford to keep going on guided trips … but the company had no female guides. It couldn't hurt to ask.
Exploring destinations close to home for the first time in a long time can create a new sense of appreciation. A weekend getaway visiting Arches National Park, Moab and open spaces in between offer a fresh glimpse of Southern Utah's unique landscape.
How do we return — how do we go back — when we have nothing to show for our journey?
I leave the city of Cusco for a small, more remote community in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. There, a few local families give us an inside look at their way of life -- including how to make lip colour with, er, crushed beetle. Yep.