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South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu November 25th 2016

Well I must say it is a site to behold . My first reaction was surprise at how large it is . The photos we see are of the central portion but there is way more than that . I would say twice as much . . What we usually see are the terraces where they grew their food . Looking at the main area to the left are the living quarters of the Incas . They really were a priviledged class . They did not do the work . They did the planning and the administrative work . The common people far outnumbered the Inca and in other parts of the Andes had assisted the Spanish in conquering the Inca .They lived above the Temple of the Condor where the construction is inferior . The ... read more

South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu November 19th 2016

Sonntag 13.11. Tag 1 ·Wild Andes - Community Trail Gut gestärkt fuhren wir mit Sack &Pack um 07.00 Uhr Richtung Ancahuasi Zurite. Auf dem Weg besuchten wir Sagsayhuman "Sexy Woman" wo wir einiges über die Inkas erfuhren dannach besuchteb wir eine typische Weberei in Chinchero wo wir uns uns dem Fell des Baby Alpakas Schale Decken usw kaufen konnten. Am Nachmittag fuhren wir zum Campsite in Zurite. Nach dem wir  unsere Betten bezogen hatten, machten wir uns fertig für eine kleinere Wanderung. (Approximate Walking Time 4 hrs) Hungrig im Lager angekommen - stand auch unser Dinner schon bereit. (3 Gang Menü - Suppe , Hauptspeise, Dessert) Nach einem leckeren Essen machten wir uns Bettfertig und flogen müde ins Bett. Tag 2 Wild Andes Montag 14.11 (12 km wandern in ca 8 stunden) Um 5.30 Uhr wurden ... read more

South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu October 12th 2016

We arrived in the city of Puno late in the evening exiting the bus and lugging two bags up another hill to our hotel, we will only be here for one long day and are keen to make the most of it so we booked a car and driver and after a short delay due to a really loud festival we drove up the hillside and out of town. After about half an hour we took the turn off to Sillustani encountering some lovely little mud walled farmsteads generally made up of four or five buildings one of which had a guanaco, llama and an alpaca out the front. A little further down the road we came upon a wetlands that had flamingo and Andean geese feeding amongst wading cattle while the brooding stone Chullpas (funerary ... read more
Andean Geese
Funerary tower

South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu October 4th 2016

From Cusco we departed for Ollantaytambo which is where the train for Macchu Picchu departs from. We spent a full day driving there, exploring the ruins of Pisac and Ollantaytambo on the way to our hotel. Both sets of ruins had hundreds of steep, uneven stairs so it was quite a hike but worth it for the views! After the ruins at Pisac we had lunch in the town. 6 of us had pre-ordered coy, or guinea pig, to give it a try (it's roasted for several hours). None of us were very impressed - not much meat, you can't eat the skin even though it looks like pork crackle and the flavour wasn't to my liking. We also stopped at an alpaca and llama farm to feed the animals and learn about the products made ... read more
Llama and alpaca farm
Pisac Incan ruins

South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu July 26th 2016

As my good friend Joe will tell you (after becoming $100 lighter in the wallet) Machu Piccu is one of the principle cities in the once mighty Inca Empire. It is theorized that Machu Piccu was commissioned by the great Inca King Pachacuti as a royal hacienda and retreat for the ruling elite of the time. The city was a place of religious and astrological significance for the Inca and even today many mysteries remain of what is dubbed as “The Lost City”. Machu Piccu was “discovered “ in 1911 by Western anthropologist Hiram Bingham and since that time the city has inspired countless millions to make the journey high into the lush Peruvian rainforest to witness the spectacle for themselves. This is the story of how I almost was not among them. After a very ... read more

South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu May 28th 2016

Day 4 This was our earliest start - 3:30, though I was actually awake at 3:15. The checkpoint and gate to the final stretch of the trail was not due to open until 5:30 but even as I got up in the pitch black groups were descending the path behind our site using their head torches. We went through our morning ritual, with the porters quickly taking down the tents and packing everything up because they had to get down to catch the 5:30 train. We joined the back of the queue about 4:30, standing in the dark and damp. We had to show our passports to the rangers and then we were let through. The last stretch was undulating and we set off at a good pace. It soon became light and we had views ... read more

South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu March 28th 2016

The past 4 days on the Classic Inca Trail were some of the best I've ever had and the lost city of the Incas, named Machu Picchu after its mountain, is a wonder to behold. The Inca Trail was tough in parts with a couple of high passes (over 4000m), a lot of steps to climb, and going down hill on the 3rd day was tricky in the rain. We visited lots of Inca ruins and sites along the way, the history of which is fascinating. The scenery was amazing hiking through valleys and rainforest. Arriving at Machu Picchu itself was the ultimate reward after 4 days hiking (absolutely spectacular), definitely one of the best travel experiences I've had to-date. The weather was great for the first 2 days, the second of which was Saint Patrick's ... read more
Machu Picchu
Classic Inca Trail
Dead Woman's Pass

South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu March 3rd 2016

After sleeping badly due to worrying about whether our early alarm would go off, we were up as planned at 5.00am to return to Machu Picchu in order to climb Huayna Picchu. We thought that we had ordered 'breakfast to go' but neither the front desk or the restaurant had breakfast boxes for us. Not to worry we just went into the restaurant and made ourselves a very small ham and cheese roll each and grabbed a petite coffee scroll-like pastry. All the serviettes were linen so the staff brought us some aluminium foil to wrap our breakfast in. We shoved our meagre breakfasts into our pockets and headed off for the bus station very excited that the weather was looking perfect for our second morning at Machu Picchu. In preparation for today Bernie purchased our ... read more
Llama watching over us
Are we really going to climb that?
Machu Picchu on the way up

South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu March 2nd 2016

This morning we were up early because we were booked on the 8.00am train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Town). Because our room was so far away from the restaurant we decided to clean our teeth and re-pack our small bags before going down for breakfast. At 7.00am (sharp!) Gregorio collected us from the Casa Andina and drove us to the Ollantaytambo railway station. We had to show our boarding passes and passports repeatedly, presumably to prevent anyone from transferring their ticket to another person? I guess that prevents people from 'scalping' the tickets at an inflated price? We were all very excited as we pulled out of Ollantaytambo because the sky was blue and the sun was shining - it was looking postcard perfect for our visit to Machu Picchu. As we made ... read more
Machu Picchu
Towards the Temple of the Condor
Temple of the Condor

South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu January 29th 2016

Sophia and I woke up quite early to catch our shuttle at 5:30am, though not as early as Celine and the boys who had to leave by 4:30am to make it up the steps to Machu Picchu by our meeting time of 6:00am. When we walked to the bus station, I was amazed at the amount of people standing in line, even though we were a good 15 minutes early for the first bus! However, I must say that it is down to a science here and was relatively straightforward and easy. Soon we were on a bus, winding up the roads to Machu Picchu. I was trying not to show how giddy I was, but I was so excited! We were the first at the top and we waited for the rest of our group ... read more
Cloudy morning to start
Cloudy morning to start
Clouds lifted!

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