Two thousand four hundred and thirty meters above sea level, the Incas built this amazing city made entirely of huge rocks, cut out so perfectly that not even a human hair could pass through them. But why? Why all this effort? Just to show the world they could do it?
To get to Machu Picchu (Quechua for “Old Peak”) you need to take a train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes and then a bus from Aguas Calientes to the top of the mountain to get into the sanctuary. You can always safe the money by climbing the mountain by yourself it will take you about an hour but I really don’t recommend it.
I got to Machu Picchu before 8:00am and I decided not to pay for a guide cause I wanted to discover the ruins by myself so I started walking, with my eyes wide open to see and try to understand what made them build this amazing place. There were this HUGE rocks one next to/over the other perfectly joined with nothing except the rock itself and really made you think how it’s possible to do this without any kind of modern technology.
There are some other places you can visit while you are there, you can go to the “House of the Guardian” and from there you can go the Inca Bridge which is a 20-ish minute walk or/and you can go to the “Puerta del Sol” something like “Sun Gate” that’s a little bit harder, which takes about an hour but it is worth it. Another place you can go to is the Wayna Picchu, which is the mountain you see in every postcard and I think it’s a 2-hour walk up to the mountain.
I strongly recommend water – a lot of water, and a light bag for carrying things (cameras/film). Everybody should go at least once to Machu Picchu, it’s really magical – the air, the view, the ruins, everything.
written by qrro on 2012-02-17 in #world #locations #peru-cusco-machu-picchu-city-inca-culture-travel-history-trip-magic #escape-from-the-city