Blogs from Machu Picchu, Cusco, Peru, South America - page 11


South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu April 24th 2013

Buvau prisiklausęs, kad į Maču Pikču reik iti anksti iš ryto, turbūt ilgai reik lipti, nes kalnai aplink visi dideli, o pačių griuvėsių iš apačios nematyti. Atsikeliam 4 ryto, pasiemam gerti, valgyt, nes kelionė laukia ilga, o ten viskas bus be galo brangu. Iškeliaujam prieš 5, nes tiltą per upelį atidaro 5 ryto. Iki tilto maždaug 25min kelio, o už tilto prasideda takelis vedantis iki Maču Pikču. Be mūsų be abejo dar lipa minia žmonių. Rytas lietingas ir vėsokas, bet kai pradedam lipti, greit sušylam. Maždaug pusiaukelėje, prieš 6 ryto pradeda švisti, bet vis dar debesuota ir lija. Kalnai tik kartais šmėsteli tarp debesų, viskas atrodo labai mistiškai. Prienam įėjimą į MAču Pikču, čia jau laukia eilė žmonių. Lipti viso labo tereikėjo apie 1 valandą, tikėjausi, kad reiks lipti bent dvigubai ilgiau. Tiesa tai nevienintelis būdas ... read more

South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu April 23rd 2013

Atsikėlę papusryčiaujam, susikrovę visus daigtus didžiąsias kuprines paliekam hostelyje, o patys su būtiniausiais daigtais mažose kuprinėse keliaujam iki pagrindinės miesto aikštės kur 8 ryto mus turėtų paimti mikriukas ir nuvežti iki hidroelektrinės kuri yra netoli Maču Pikču. Mikriukas atvažiuoja 8.30, nuo čia kelionė turėtų trukti apie 6 val. Pirma kelionės pusė man jau matytomis vietovėmis, mat čia važiavau su ekskursija prieš kelias dienas. Antra pusė kelio gerokai sudėtingesnė. Pervažiuojam kelis kalnagūbrius, tad posūkis seka po posūkio, mikriukas važiuoja gan greit, tad manau ne vieną šiek tiek pradeda pykinti nuo tokio važiavimo. Bet vaizdai irgi nerealūs. Paskutinė kelionės atkarpa vietomis primena mirties kelią. Siauras vingiuotas žvyrkelis kurio šalikelė - status skardis. Apie 15.30 pasiekam tikslą, o nuo čia dar bent 2,5 val. ... read more

South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu April 21st 2013

Today we started our 4 day/ 3 night trek through SAS travel. Nice early morning pick up from out hotel and then on to the starting point of the trail for us. Our guides (Eddie, Oscar, and JC) were awesome for the whole trek and would really recommend SAS Travel for anyone wanting or planing to do the Inca Trail. The trek was harder than I was expecting but I live at sea level and even though I arrived in Cusco three days early I had been sick the entire time a cold/flu not GI. Actually never got sick in Peru or on the trail). However, that did not stop me from enjoying the trek and seeing the amazing views it has to offer that are out of the way for those traveling by train or ... read more

South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu April 11th 2013

We got up around 7.00am, had a quick wash and checked out of our hostel. We made our way to what we were told was a bus station. We turned the corner and were immediately being waved, screamed and shouted at "Ollantaytambo!!!!!!!!!" "15 Soles!!!!!!". One of the quieter guys who was already taking two local women selling fruit and vegetables offered to take us for 10 Soles so we decided to go with him. Once we arrived we had about 1 hour and 30 minutes to kill so had a musli breakfast. After eating we made our way into the station to wait for our Inca Rail train. After some goofing around and Jon doing little dances in his walking boots that he was secretly growing to like the train arrived. The train was really nice ... read more
Jon in His Lovely Walking Boots
First View of Machu Picchu
Jon & Me Machu Picchu

South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu April 1st 2013

Machu Picchu: 1 night and 2 days in Aguas Calientes / Machu Picchu Pueblo is enough. We took the Perurail which offer a Panoramic view. There is lots of places to stay once arrived. Aguas Calientes offers also hot springs (10 Soles) for those with tired legs. We woke up early to catch the first bus to Machu Picchu at 5.30 am. It takes 30 min to arrive to this wonderful Lost City. It was wet, foggy, misty but still fantastic and eye-catching. Brief History: Machu Picchu has in fact been discovered first in 1874 by a German cartographer. Hiram Bingham rediscovered it in 1911. Machu Picchu means "Old Mountain" and the site is referred as "the Lost City of The Inkas". Among with Saqsaywaman, it is a highlight of the imperial Incan culture and serves ... read more
view from the train
Aguas Calientes
Machu Picchu

South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu March 8th 2013

Today started at 4:30 AM. My hike up Wayna Picchu, also spelled Huayna Picchu, was to start between 7 and 8 AM. They allow 200 people up in that time slot and 200 people up in another slot. I was determined to get up there before the rain. I had a quick breakfast in the hotel and was at the bus stop by 5:20. Heck, I was so early that I was on the 3rd bus up the hill. As we ascended the hill, the sun started coming up and it looked like a nice day. By the time we were waiting for the park to open at 6, it was beautiful. I bolted through the gate like the gazelle that some of my coworkers know so well. Off I went up the steep stone steps, ... read more
Heading up to Machu Picchu
Llama and Wynapicchu in the Background
Andes Mountains

South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu February 18th 2013

I have to admit, this is the last entry of our southern hemisphere summer school holidays. For those who follow happy, the emails will not come anymore on a regular basis over the next few months....but trust me, the trips are not over, and yes, we still have a lot of adventures planned ahead of us for the coming months. First act was July to December 2012 in Buenos Aires. Second act was that crazy adventure from December till mid-February around South and North America. Tiffany and Leslie have been back for nearly a week in Buenos Aires, and for them today is the first day of a new school year. On my side, I have finally reached Congo...this time was even more "interesting" than any time before...and quite on the challenging side... So to ... read more
Matchu Pichu

South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu February 16th 2013

We were up at 3am this morning to get a flight to Peru. This is via Houston, so currently hanging out on some uncomfortable chairs before we board in 3 hours time. Arrive into Lima at midnight, then have the fun 6hr wait at the airport for our connection to Cuzco. Going to be a LONG day. Security in San Fran was high for our flight to Houston, but nothing for leaving for Peru?! Perhaps because we have already do e it? Blair a bit concerned for when we re-enter the states that we haven't been stamped to leave. Watch this space :) .... Well we finally made it into Cuzco. Our flight was at 5.20 am. But due to weather (low cloud) we couldnt land. But did have 3 attempts which was terrifying! Even Blair ... read more
Leg warmers

South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu February 11th 2013

Dinner in Aguas Calientes. Well....I think we went in there while they had the closed sign up, interrupted his families dinner, made the guy go to the diary as we had ordered a beer and he didn't sell any (the beer he came back with was 1.1L). A bit of an experience. And gave the guy a tip as we felt bad. But was very funny at the time! :) After a night of very heavy rain we decided to set 2 alarms for the morning, one at 5am and one at 7am. We were heading up to Machu Picchu but thought if it was still pouring with rain then would go up later. Anyway first alarm went off and weather was perfect! Got to Machu Picchu about 7ish. Such an amazing place!!! I have uploaded ... read more

South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu February 10th 2013

MachuPicchu, what else can I say?... read more
Llama de MachuPicchu
Otra llama de MachuPicchu
llamas all over this place

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