Right after many years of dreaming of visiting Machu Picchu we are almost there!
However we took the easy option of getting presently there on the train from Cusco instead than the 4 day hike upward the Inca trek.
The journey here to Aguas Caliente was amazing up. As the teach chugged through the area right after the Urubamba stream slowly, vast hills towered above us. The stream rushed along tumbling over the rugged mattress at excellent speed.
Nearly four hours we arrived within Aguas Caliente afterwards, the little town that is the gateway to Machu Picchu. We have two nights here so our plan is certainly to arranged off early tomorrow to observe the sunrise and then explore the site itself.
We spent this afternoon exploring the area, shopping in the craft market and visiting a butterfly farm.
The town is surrounded by steep mountains towering up to the sky with wisps of white clouds gently caressing the tops, if this is a taste of what’s to come tomorrow we are in for a real treat. Can’t wait!
June 25th thursday
Finally! After years of dreaming and weeks of planning and preparation the full day has arrived. Machu Picchu right here we arrive!
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Stan and I
We boarded the shuttle bus in 5.30amichael for the fifty percent hr trip up to the entrance, a road made up of numerous switchbacks to get up the incredibly steep slope
1st place to visit was at the Guardhouse where we waited for the sun to rise above the peak of the mountain. As it appeared the maximum of Huayna Picchu, that overlooks Machu Picchu, has been the 1st place to become lit up and progressively the brightness crept down the mountain part until the entire site had been bathed in sunlight. A marvelous sight!
By 7.30amichael we were environment off up the steep rise to the peak of Machu Picchu Mountain 3,061 metre distances a.t.m. The rise was quite steep, mainly narrow tips but every today and after that we ended to consider in the watch, the higher we got the better the see of the site.
On the top we took in the 360 level breathtaking views of the surrounding snowy mountains glistening in the sunshine and talking to others who made the climb.
Once straight down from right now there, three hours later on, we hiked to Intipunku, gate of the sun. This site gave equally breathtaking views but from a different angle.
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the site of Machu Picchu itself we went to the Inca drawbridge, the path was narrow with steep drops to one side, the bridge was just planks of wood laid across the stone structure built on the side of the steep mountainside. Apparently the Inca’s eliminated the planks to prevent intruders getting access.
Our last halt was the web site itself, it covered a new huge region and took a new great deal more exploring than we’d expecting but was appealing and good value the work.
We visited , amongst several other areas, the homely house of the Inca King and the temple of the sun.
The past task of the full time was to walk back again down to Aguas Calientes, a steep stepped path that twisted and turned crossing the road several times. I believe this had been the last straw for our exhausted aching hip and legs but not really types to provide up we produced it back again to city under our personal steam.
Although we didn’t actually do the Inca trail I think we made up for we must have walked kilometers on the trails
After a hot chicken and shower and chips in a local bar it was early to bed – probably to
The direct sun light peeps over the lighting and mountain up Huayna PicchuThe direct sun light peeps over the mountain and lighting up Huayna Picchu
The direct sun light peeps over the mountain and lighting up Huayna Picchu
dream around Inca’s!