You Don’t Have Time For Machu Picchu?

The other day I stumbled across a guy’s Facebook post.  He stated that even though he’d lived in Peru for 18 years, he’d “never had time” to go to Machu Picchu.  The reason he cited was that he was too busy with his lucrative business.

Throughout the years, I’ve heard a lot of people say similar things.  Everybody’s always too busy to come down to see Machu Picchu.  I had a friend in the US who never found the time to come down and visit me in Peru even though I was there for the majority of my time for the better part of a decade.
It doesn’t really bother me when people decide not to come down to Peru, but I wish they’d be honest about why they aren’t doing it.  The fact is, you can always find the time to do the things you want to do.  The simple truth is that seeing Machu Picchu isn’t much of a priority for many people.
I don’t understand people who don’t like to travel and see new places.  My brother and sister are among the small group of people I know who didn’t come to visit me in Peru.  Honestly, if you have family living in a great place like that who are able to give you an inexpensive, yet all-inclusive tour of the place, why would you not take advantage of that?
Some people don’t.
Part of it is fear I suppose.  Fear of travel, fear of the language, fear of the unknown.  Money might be an issue because it is an expensive trip, but really, most Americans do have the ability to save enough cash to do the Peru trip in their lifetime.  That’s another reason why the “I don’t have time” argument irritates me.  The fact is, there are plenty of Peruvians who will never earn enough in their lifetime to afford the trip to Machu Picchu.
My friend Clyde was never a big fan of Machu Picchu either.  When his friends came to visit him, he’d take exactly three days for the Cusco trip.  One day to fly there, one day to see the ruins, then fly back on the last day.  Heck, if you live in Lima you could probably cut the Machu Picchu trip down to a weekend if you pushed it.  Fly in on Saturday, then see the ruins and fly out on Sunday.
So if you don’t want to go to Machu Picchu just say so.
Say it doesn’t interest you.
Say you don’t want to pay for it.
But don’t say “you don’t have the time.”  This is especially ineffective when the reason you don’t have time is because of your “successful business.”  I know that people like to present themselves as great businessmen and women, but if you haven’t built enough of a business to allow you to take a weekend trip once in 18 years, that doesn’t sound like a success.  You don’t want to get in the habit of alienating people want to do business with you with flippant comments that inadvertently make you look incompetent.
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