7th Annual Nomadic Journey: Trekking the Incan Citadel of Machu Picchu

Experienced by Kimatni D Rawlins

For my 7th Annual Nomadic Journey to enlighten the mind, body, and soul, I adventurously explored the remote citadel of Machu Picchu by way of trekking the awe-inspiring Inca Trail. Consisting of continuous miles of stone paths and thousands of original rock-strewn Incan steps carved from the Andes Mountains centuries ago, the short expedition was spiritually uplifting and full of awakening sustenance.

The Journey

 

You will fly into Jorge Chavez International Airport outside of Lima from your home destination and then take a short flight into Cusco to prepare for the adventure to Machu Picchu. In my case, United Airlines routed me on a direct Business Class flight from Newark. It is advised to enjoy Cusco for at least two days to acclimate to the altitude before hiking. But please make sure to visit Green Point while in Cusco for some of the most delicious and purest vegan food the city has to offer.

Whether you decide to engage in an extended 4-day hike to Peru’s 7th Wonder, or ride lavishly aboard the 1920s-styled carriages of the luxurious Belmond Hiram Bingham train through the Sacred Valley, the enchanting experience will replenish your temple with restorative Andean wisdom and vitality. More affordable options include either IncaRail or PeruRail from San Pedro station in Cusco. I chose the 1-day Inca Trail trek with Sam Travel Peru, which required me to train it to stop 104 (common hiker’s drop-off point) for a deeper understanding of the archeological site. This option was about $400 from the experienced Peruvian tour group. My guide Miguel educated me on the history of the Incas and vicariously showcased the ways of the ancient world.  I also met some new friends from London, Marta and Nuno, who were just as adventurous.

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Fit Fathers Nomadic Journey 2014

Kimatni-Rawlins“Like a nomad, I travel the globe with one bag, choose running shoes and mountain bikes over taxi cabs.” Kimatni D. Rawlins aka K-Raw

As stated I’m headed out for my annual pilgrimage to rediscover life where nature dwells most prominently. This year’s journey will consist of touring Kathmandu, Nepal to trek the land by mountain bike while inheriting the spiritual inspiration of Siddhartha the Buddha since this region is his birthplace. I’m not sure what to expect or explore further, but I’m sure it’s patiently awaiting my arrival. After days of meditation, yoga and mystic writing in Nepal, I’m stopping in New Delhi to imagine the Taj Mahal in person. Toting just one backpack, I have packed only the essentials for basic human needs. Nuts, granola, reggae music, books, gear and the desire for a peaceful and kinder world devoid of prejudices, war, manipulation and cruelty to our fellow brothers and sisters as well as the sentient beings we share Planet Earth with. My goal is the continuation of ultimate enlightenment. Who would of thought a boy from the broken streets of Camden, NJ could have accomplished so much in such a short amount of time with the odds stacked against him. Reach high fellow Fit Fathers One Love!

Kathmandu“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.” — Buddha