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South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu July 29th 2014

We arrived in Cusco early in the morning after a night bus from Arequipa. Unfortunately our room wasn't ready as it was only 6am. We wandered around Cusco and found a place for breakfast before sitting in the Plaza de Armas and people watching until a more respectable hour and we could check in. We walked up the hill to the Saqsayhuamán (sexywoman), an Inca site of both religious and military significance. Unfortunately only 20% of the original site remains as after the Spanish conquest they removed many of the stones and used them to build houses in Cusco. The majority of what is left is made out of huge stones that the Spanish probably couldn't move and were too big for house building. We booked onto the Inca Jungle Trek to make our way to ... read more
Covered in protection and ready to ride
Double Superman
Overlooking Machu Picchu

South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu June 18th 2014

Despite rolling back our start time to a seemingly reasonable 8:30am, we were still rushed getting a quick breakfast and getting out the door. The tour bus appeared in front of the hotel, right on time, and took us up the seemingly endless series of steep switch-backs to Machu Picchu. The bus was outfitted with a display, visible to all of the passengers, showing the bus speed, which only reinforced Sonia’s concern that we were going too fast. The narrow dirt road, carved into the steep hillside, generally lacks guard rails and with the large number of tourists visiting the site, there were frequent encounters with buses descending the hill necessitating pulling to the very edge of the road. We made it safely to the top, acquired a pocked guide book and were on our way. ... read more
Andrew Looking the Worse for Wear
Beautiful Andes
Andrew's First Attempt at Self-Sacrifice

South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu June 6th 2014

Die Zeit vergeht unglaublich schnell! Doch wird sind immer noch unterwegs und haben es nun auch geschafft einen weiteren Reisebericht zu veröffentlichen. Peru! Ein faszinierendes Land in der Mitte des Kontinents. Geprägt wurde das Land vor allem von den Inkas, welche zwischen dem 12 und dem 15 Jahrhundert in Peru herrschten. Diese Hochkultur erstreckte ihre Macht zwischen Ecuador und Chile aus und unzählige Ruinen aus dieser Zeit sind immer noch zu besichtigen. Leider ist die Landung der Spanischen Streitkräfte auch mit dem schnellen Ende der Inkas gleichzusetzen. Unzählige Städte und Tempel der Inkas wurden vernichtet und neue spanisch geprägte Städte gebaut. Als Zeichen der Unterdrückung und der Überlegenheit der Spanier wurden oft katholische Kathedralen direkt auf die Inkatempel gebaut!! Die wunderschöne Stadt Cuzco ist das beste Beispiel dazu. Beeindruckende Kathed... read more

South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu June 2nd 2014

“Accept that cars aren’t necessary and that some meals take hours, that we can now fly to space, that there’s nothing wrong with crashing on couches if you’re on an adventure, that three outfits are enough, that sunrises are free, that the first time you see Machu Picchu it will break your heart, that being alone in a country with no money and no return ticket will teach you more about yourself than any therapist ever could.” - Aric S. Queen Today was the day the day we see everything what we came here for- Machu Picchu. We go down 1000 altitude today to visit the site. Our alternative itinerary which involved no hiking or 10000 steps is a car to Ollantambo a train to Agua Calientas also known as Macchu Pucchu town. that's because we ... read more

South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu May 27th 2014

I have been so busy over the last few weeks it seems hard to find the time to catch up on my blogs! Only a week to go hence I´m trying frantically to finish them now so I´m not writing them a month after I get back home haha. When I was in Cusco, I thought I was just going to get the train to Machu Picchu. When I heard how much it would be, I just thought it would be a waste of money to spend so much for just one day. I decided instead to find a trek. I knew the Inka Trail would be sold out as you have to book it months in advance so I started looking at other options. I talked to some people in my hostel and they told ... read more
4500 metres up in the clouds
Fresh coffee beans!
What a beautiful view!

South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu May 26th 2014

The morning came with rain, and it never really stopped all day. You can bet that we were glad we had changed our plans. We got a slow start and helped the crew take down the tents, although it happened that our guide was still in his tent when two of us collapsed his tent. Everyone was in hysterics; I don't think that his crew had ever seen that happen. We drove to our starting point and unloaded the gear. We needed lunch first and then the gear would go on the train to meet us in Aguas Calientes. It was pouring rain, but our cook managed a huge meal again. We then said good bye to them as this was their last job of the journey. The walk in the rain was easy and still ... read more

South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu May 15th 2014

27 mai 2012 : Nous nous levons à 6h30, pas le temps de prendre une douche, nous partons directement à la gare. Le train part à 8h15. Nous arrivons à 11h15 dans la petite ville de Machu Picchu. Nous visitons rapidement la ville et allons prendre notre repas de midi dans un petit restaurant (48 soles soit environ 15 €). L'après-midi, nous allons à l'Aguas Caliente, une petite station thermale sympathique de la ville de Machu Picchu. Nous nous baignons avec plaisir dans cette piscine d'eau chaude puis nous rentrons à l'hôtel que nous avions réservé. Nous nous couchons de bonne heure (la chambre est meilleure que celle de Cuzco)... read more

South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu May 15th 2014

On my return from Puno I managed to get some sort of flu bug. The result being that I totally lost my voice and nearly a week later it still isn't right. I can only imagine how ticked off you all are that this didn't happen while I was at work and at home LOL! I did need the doctor though for antibiotics and a puffa so I would stop coughing all night, but nothing was going to stop me from doing Machu Picchu. He actually said that it would be a better environment up there rather than Cusco because of its dry air and pollution. I had to take a couple of days off work which was a bit annoying, but it allowed me to figure out some things that I could put together to ... read more
View from the train
The window in the room
Having lunch...

South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu May 12th 2014

The Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu had all the ingredients for a great trek. It would be a walk through constantly changing scenery and a number of different ecosystems ranging from high mountain to high jungle, taking in mountain cloud forest en route. In addition to the spectacular scenery it would also pass several Inca ruins along the way and would of course finish with the biggest, best preserved Inca ruin of them all, Machu Picchu, the one time lost city of the Incas. On a personal level it would be a challenge not so much to walk the miles - the distances involved weren´t huge - in total we would cover approximately 70 km. Although there would be two long, 8 hour plus days, the real challenge would be the climbs which would often ... read more
Day 1 - Wild Flowers on the Trail
Day 1 - the turquoise lake above Soraypampa
 Day 2 - Salkantay Mountain

South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu May 6th 2014

Boy did that feel good...a great night's sleep. After a nice breakfast and a relaxing time on the hostal's roof observation level, we caught a bus back up the hill to Machu Picchu. We had prepaid for the admission to Waynapicchu, which you need to do, because they limit the number of people every day. We entered Machu Picchu and hurried across the complex to be in front of the line. We had heard the hike was a little crazy and you don't want to get behind some sissy. (That is Waynapicchu in the background of Micchu Picchu as I sit on a stone, taking in the complex from the trail head of Inca Bridge.) We wanted to climb to the top. The best way to communicate the hike was to post the youtube video to ... read more
Gotta cut back on the coca tea
Hostal rooftop terrace
View from rooftop

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