While in Cusco, before our trek to Machu Picchu began, Derek and I took a via-ferrata and zip-lining excursion outside the city in the Sacred Valley. Before this particular afternoon, neither one of us had a clue of what via ferrata even was. However, we knew we loved zip-lining so since it was a packaged deal, we didn’t hesitate when signing up.
Turns out, via ferrata is INCREDIBLE! It is essentially another form of rock-climbing, where you are strapped in a harness, and with the help of a fixed, steel cable, you steadily ascend up the side of a mountain. Yeah, if you love heights, this outdoor sport if for you! While this was the first time we’d rock-climbed this way, I can guarantee it won’t be the last. So much fun! Not to mention the intense adrenaline rush when looking down.
And then there was this part below. I won’t lie, my knees were practically shaking when it came my turn to walk across.
Derek was a little more cool, calm and collective…on the outside at least.
Talk about a view. The Scared Valley was truly breathtaking. There were so many moments where I simply stood still [hanging off the side of the mountain] and just looked around at my surroundings. The clear skies. The luscious green fields. And that mountain range. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to erase that beautiful image from my head.
Then, my favorite, zip-ling time!
I’m so thankful Derek and I had this amazing opportunity. It truly was such a unique experience. I only wish we had more time to explore the gorgeous Sacred Valley. Another time, I guess!