Las palabras no son suficientes

Las palabras no son suficientes. Words are not sufficient.

I heard a friend say this about our trip to Machu Picchu this weekend and I couldn’t help but agree.

Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu (the big mountain in the background)
Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu (the big mountain in the background)

For some things, words aren’t sufficient. But for some things, they are.

I can describe how wired I was when I woke up at 3 a.m. to catch the bus to Machu Picchu, despite the fact that I had been sick during the two days leading up to it. I can tell you how achey my body was after hiking more than 20 miles over the course of the weekend, and I can recount the intense shivering that happened after we took a dive into a glacial waterfall. I can explain how amazing it felt to swim hot springs near Machu Picchu Pueblo later that day.

My struggle with words is at a high when it comes to our visit to Machu Picchu, the ancient city of the Incas. I can’t describe how difficult the hike up Huayna Picchu was, climbing 1,653 inconsistent stairs the Incans embedded in the side of the mountain hundreds of years ago, and how proud I was when I made it to the top. I felt empowered, strong, able—but that doesn’t even begin to cover it. And I can’t describe what it felt like to walk through the streets of Machu Picchu and imagine what the lives of Incan families were like there.

The hike was one of the hardest physical activities I’ve ever done in my life, and the experience was one of the most incredible things I’ll ever do here on Earth.

Las palabras no son suficientes.

Photo of me from the top of Huayna Picchu looking out at Machu Picchu
Photo of me from the top of Huayna Picchu looking out at Machu Picchu

A friend shared some scripture with me at the end of our trip:

Go on up to a high mountain,
    O Zion, herald of good news;
lift up your voice with strength,
    O Jerusalem, herald of good news;
    lift it up, fear not;
say to the cities of Judah,
    “Behold your God!”
Behold, the Lord God comes with might,
    and his arm rules for him;
behold, his reward is with him,
    and his recompense before him.
He will tend his flock like a shepherd;
    he will gather the lambs in his arms;
he will carry them in his bosom,
    and gently lead those that are with young.

Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand
    and marked off the heavens with a span,
enclosed the dust of the earth in a measure
    and weighed the mountains in scales
    and the hills in a balance?

Isaiah 40:9-12

Those verses are powerful and fitting, but they can’t even begin to describe how incredible the Lord is.

Las palabras no son suficientes.

If you ever have the chance to go to Machu Picchu, do it. And do everything in your power to make the hike up Huayna Picchu as well—only 200 people per day can make the hike. For me, Huayna Picchu was the highlight of my trip. Nothing you read or see will compare to it.

Though no video can truly capture how amazing Machu Picchu is, I documented my visit with video footage and you can watch it below.

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