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South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu April 5th 2015

Mystical, brilliant, awe inspiring are some of the words to describe our experience at Machu Picchu. The Inkans were truly master engineers, sculptors, builders, visionaries. It started in Ollaytambo were we caught a train to Aguas Calientes. This is the small town that was built into the mountains at the base of the Urubumba River strictly because of MP's tourists, it's really not a place you would want to stay for more that 2 nights. We arrived at around 5:30pm in AC after a fabulous train ride, all of our necks hurt as we spend much of the hour and a half ride gazing at the mind blowing scenery. The hostel made a mistake on our room so we had to take a room with 3 single beds. We moved the furniture (not that there was ... read more
Aguas Caliente

South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu March 12th 2015

I realize that my last blog was relatively short and may have appeared somewhat frazzled. Here are some more details from our time in Cusco. Cusco is "The Cultural Capital of the World" and has a very old feel. It's nestled in the mountains, there are no skyscrapers, and all of the narrow streets and sidewalks are cobblestone. One reference I checked said the population is around 420,000 and the elevation is around 11,500 ft. Because of its history and proximity to Machu Picchu and other Incan ruins, Cusco is very touristy. We stayed at a hostel not far from the edge of town. The hostel is converted from a 250 year old building and has a beautiful open-air courtyard in the middle with tables, a pool table, a fountain, and a small kitchen under a ... read more
The climb up Machu Picchu mointain
Llama selfie
Los Tres Amigos a Machu Picchu

South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu February 17th 2015

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 We were up and at them starting at 6:30 am. There was a light rain and cool temperatures this morning. It was warm clothing day. Our luggage needed to be outside our room by 7:00 am. The luggage situation was a little tricky today. We were not allowed to bring our large luggage with us for the next few days; rather this luggage was being shipped to our Cuzco hotel for our arrival in two days. The only items were allowed to bring with us for the next few days was small carryon items. This was tricky initially trying to figure this out, however we did. We ended up bringing our two back packs and three Trafaglar bags we received when we started our tour. Basically we packed an overnight bag(s). We ... read more
Urubamba Village
Urubamba Village Mountain side
Urubamba Village - Home Visit

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

John read a review recently, written by a couple from New Zealand, who visited Macho Picchu a few months ago with their teenage children. Their verdict was that Machu Picchu was “over-priced and over-rated”. Surely not! Machu Picchu was to be the highlight of our South American trip, we thought. Everyone raves about it! People claim to “feel the mysticism” when walking around it, as though it is hallowed ground. Or are they just saying what they think they should feel, indoctrinated by the hype? Ok, we know that as Europeans we are spoilt. After all, we have castles and cathedrals older than any Inca building. A fifteenth century Inca town isn´t exactly Pompeii, or Hadrian´s Wall, but it should still fill one with some awe. Well, it doesn´t, because 90 percent of it isn´t Inca ... read more
First view of Machu Picchu
Main gateway to the Inca Sanctuary
Wow! 15th Century thatched roofs?

South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu December 16th 2014

Our arrival in Cuzco was somewhat marred by stomach bugs that continued to plague Paul then struck Courtney too. Giardia antibiotics from home cleared up Paul pretty quickly so the next day he sought the same medication for his patient. Regardless of stomach fortitude we stepped out to see the city and began preparations for the highly anticipated Inca trail. We meandered through the city of Incan streets and walls, large plazas and narrow streets all making for good exploring territory. A free walking tour lured us to the far corners of Cuzco including some magnificent history and views, a visit to Saqsaywaman (an Incan site above the city), watching a band perform traditional music, learning about alpaca wool and we met a man who makes and plays beautiful wooden instruments – it even finished with ... read more
A rough guide to the Inca trail
Dead Woman's Pass - 4215m above sea level - the highest point of the Inca trail
Our view from the Sun Gate at about 6:30am

South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu November 20th 2014

Today was a very long day starting with a 6:00 AM bus to Ollantaytambo. From Ollantaytambo, we took the Perurail Vistadome train to Machu Picchu. The train ride was very scenic and you could catch glimpses of the Inca Trail all along the ride. We saw a few ruins on the sides of the mountains and many terraces. The ride followed the Urubamba river all the way to Aguas Calientes which is the village where you transfer over to buses to ride up to the ruins. Aguas Calientes used to be a very small village before the tourists started coming to Machu Picchu. Now it is a bustling little town filled with restaurants, hostels, and vendors. The buses up to the ruins are all privately owned by a cooperative who are now apparently quite rich from ... read more
Royal Tomb
Temple of the Sun
View of the City

South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu November 3rd 2014

We woke up extremely early this morning for undoubtedly the highlight of any trip to Peru and the reason why everyone booked this tour, Machu Picchu! Wake up call was around 4:30am as Rivelino wanted to make sure that we got in good position for the buses that would take us up to Machu Picchu. We arrived in town at around 6:00am and there was already a long line for the buses. The surrounding mountains were shrouded in fog and as we were making our way up the switchbacks to Machu Picchu, we literally could not see a thing. Arriving at the top, we were assured by Rivelino that in due time, the fog would lift and the Machu Picchu ruins would magically reveal itself. Despite the early hour, Machu Picchu was already bustling with tourists. ... read more
Early Morning in Machu Picchu
Early Morning in Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu Shrouded in Morning Fog

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

Geo: -12.9122, -72.6742I thought the hard part was over. Day three started with an impressive uphill climb. I think we were all a little disheartened by having to go back up again so steeply after going down for 2 hours the afternoon before. I guess that's mountain climbing. Most of the rain we got during our time on the trail came this morning. We stopped pretty early on at ruins of Runkuracay. Our assistant guide, Eddie, gave us the tour here. He was scheduled to do his first turn as lead guide the following week so David wanted him to do some of the speechmaking. Poor Eddie, it was raining pretty hard and we were all feeling a little tired and cranky after a fitful, cold night in a tent and a rapid ascent and I ... read more
Group shot

South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu September 19th 2014

Today is finally the day that we get to see Machu Picchu… Man has this been a LONG time coming. The day started early (like it always does) with a 4:30am bus ride. Our guide suggested that we take the bus up so that we did not arrive in Machu Picchu too exhausted. Unfortunately Kelly and I woke up very sore still from the hike and sadly this did end up affecting our trip to Machu Picchu. After a quick bus ride and getting through the long ticket line we finally arrived at Machu Picchu. The weather during the day was absolutely perfect… it was cloudy until around 12 and once the sun came out it got pretty warm. Luckily we got up there so early so we got to explore before all the tour buses ... read more
Machu Picchu
"The most beauitful wall in the Americas" - Hiram Bingham
The 3 windows

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

The way to Cuzco seemed so long. Bus was very uncomfortable. You could not open windows and air condition stopped working from yesterday's evening. Nightmare! We arrived to Cuzco late afternoon at last! The city looked beautiful! Massive Inca-built walls line steep, narrow streets and plazas full of colourful traditional wares. Although Cuzco was overpopulated with tourist and very pricey, it's breathtaking setting cannot be denied. Cuzco sits on 3300m. I was one of unfortunate people to experience altitude sickness - every step felt such a hard work and the headache for the first couple days was killing me! Plus coming from very warm Paracas to cold Cuzco was a little bit a shock for my system ;( Despite not feeling 100 pro cent, we started planning our journey to Machu Pichu! Of course we ... read more
Main plaza in Cuzco.
On the railroad to Aquas Calientes!
Yeah, we doing it!

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