The Crazy Venture crew just returned from a fabulous, awe-inspiring trip to the ancient, sundrenched ruins of Machu Picchu, situated high in the Andes Mountains of Peru. We were honored to have Paula Hannam with us, who was making her debut as a Crazy Venturer. She’s a wonderful, fun-loving lady who made a lifetime dream come true with a trek to Machu Picchu with Crazy Ventures! We’d like to introduce you to her in her own words!
Meet Paula Hannam
Crazy Venture: Inspiration Adventure to Machu Picchu - April 2018
Hometown: Allentown, PA
Paula’s Three Words To Describe Her Trip:
Enlightening, Thrilling, Unique!
Heard about it from…
Karen and Noelia. We all used to do kickbox together. Noelia first told me about the trip and how Karen was organizing it.
Reason for getting “Crazy”
It was my lifelong dream to visit Machu Picchu. In 1996 I bought a book and planned to go but never got the opportunity. I figured this was my chance of a lifetime... and it was!
Before getting “Crazy”
To be honest I was quite nervous after getting all of my medical needs taken care of and speaking to various people. However, I knew this was something that I’ve been wanting to do for over 20 years so I was 100% in.
Paula (left), Karen (middle) and Noelia go crazy over the incredible view of the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
After getting “Crazy”
I feel like I am seeing the world through different eyes. That’s how much of an impact it has had on my life. I feel fulfilled and enlightened, yet a little disillusioned with the day-to-day nonsense and attitudes of my environment. Nevertheless, I feel ready to face any changes or challenges that life may throw at me and grab any opportunities on the way. I took advantage of this opportunity and I am proud to say I did it! It gives me impetus to stop stalling and make changes in my life.
Craziest thing about the trip
I could not have experienced half of the things I did on my trip if I had booked this through an agency. I experienced Peru through the eyes of a native with local hosts and had a private tour anywhere we went. The personal touches were priceless and the crazy adventures were challenging and thrilling!
We conquered Via Ferrata!!! We climbed more than 1,300 feet to get a bird’s-eye view of the Sacred Valley of the Incas then we zip lined our way down. One of the most exciting parts was climbing past Sky Lodge which is a hotel made up of four capsules suspended from the rocky mountain.
Should others get crazy?
Absolutely! You’ll have a crazy great time no matter where you go!
During this trip, the Crazy Ventures crew also had the opportunity to give back to the children of Socma by donating much needed school supplies. Socma is a rural village with a one room schoolhouse located in the Andes mountains. On our way to the school, we stopped to purchase goodies and personal care items to donate on behalf of Crazy Ventures.
As a thank you, the children decorated us with bracelets, confetti and ribbons. Here is Paula with Celia, a special friend she made at the school. The whole class sang to us in both Quechua and Spanish, and even treated us to some solo performances. The mutual love and gratitude could be felt throughout the room!
After the charity event we played soccer with the kids and did a thank you ceremony to “Pachamama," which translates to Mother Earth. In this spiritual moment we reflected on our blessings and gave thanks for the opportunity to be present. Then we took a moment to think about and be thankful for our loved ones too.
Later, Paula was so touched by everyone's effort to make this event a reality that she treated all of us to lunch, including the teacher from the school! Wonderful moments!!!
A Little bit of History
The town of Chinchero is known for its textile houses where locals do demonstrations on how they wash, dye and spin the alpaca wool using plants and roots. We visited Textiles Chaska where these lovely ladies welcomed us with songs sung in their native language of Quechua. Then they showed us how they make their colorful creations.
The Incas were geniuses! Here at Moray, the Incas Agricultural Laboratory, we learned how they figured out a way to grow plants that were unsuited for the altitude. Every crop circle/level has its own irrigation system and the temperature varies as each circle gets smaller. These micro- climates allowed the Incas to test and grow plants that don’t necessarily grow at high altitudes like the coca plant and many different types of corn and potatoes.
It is a blessing to be able to say that we have wonderful friends in a beautiful little corner of the world that few people have the chance to visit. I hope someday you will walk in our footsteps and come to Peru with us. Since we are all part of this burgeoning Crazy Ventures family, it is our destiny for our paths to cross. Let’s do it sooner rather than later!
Registration will open soon for our next trip to Peru in 2019. Come on the Journey.
Embrace Your Craziness and Dare To Venture!
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