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South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu May 24th 2014

May Full Moon The remains of Machu Picchu, the "Lost City of the Incas" are perched on the ridge separating Machu Picchu (Old Mountain) and Huayna Picchu (Young Mountain). Its stone agricultural terraces flow down the flanks and climb up the semi-tropical, cloud-forested mountains. Like so many other Incan ruins I'd visited, Machu Picchu fit organically in its site with temples growing out of the bedrock and connecting them with Pachamama, Mother Earth. I timed my visit with the full moon in May, near Buddha's birthday, and my time in Machu Picchu and my journey there were magical. Cusco is bursting with travel agencies offering a variety of fabulous, adventurous, though excruciatingly expensive, ways to reach the site. I took the road less traveled, and as Robert Frost said, that made all the difference. The Road ... read more
llamas kept to eat/cut the grass planted on the agricultural terraces
classic photo at the ruins
watchman's hut overlooking the river below

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

South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu May 5th 2014

Ok, it's o'dark thirty and we were up in the dark trying to get organized to be one of the first at the checkpoint to enter Machu Picchu. Once the site opens at 5:00 am, we hiked on to the Sun Gate where we were to get our first fantastic views of Machu Picchu. What they don't tell you is that on a typical morning Machu Picchu is concealed my fog/clouds. That was a disappointment and there were too many people gathered at this small area. We continued on to the next opportunity for an overlook...the fog was lifting. As we stood there, Machu Picchu revealed itself to us. Eddy also revealed a box of red T-shirts emblazoned with the LlamaPath logo...we were more than willing to advertise what had proven to be a great outfitter. ... read more

South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu May 4th 2014

4 May 2014 Sunday. The driver picked us up at 8 am for the drive back to Ollantaytambo where we would catch the 9:10 Expedition train to Aguas Calientes. Here we took a shuttle bus to the top of the mountain on which Machu Picchu is located. As our tour group from the previous days were split up, we had a guide, Olga, all to ourselves. She took us on the easy route from the food storage buildings at the entrance to the observatory on the other end. We learned the following: The non-royal and non-priestly residents of Machu Picchu were carefully selected based upon their ability to work hard. They worked from age twenty to forty. Olga wasn't to clear about what happened once a worker reached age forty. As the location of Machu Picchu ... read more
Linda waiting for the train in Ollantaytambo
Linda and Bob at Machu Picchu
Linda and Bob at Machu Picchu

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

So this is it, the big one. Macchu Pichu is the reason for me wanting to come to South America so to say that I was excited would be an understatement. We had arranged our visit to coincide with my birthday so the pressure was on for Machu Pichu to deliver. It did not let me down. Our journey started at Cusco train station at 6.30am. Just to make us feel at home the first half of the journey to Aguas Calientes, where we were to spend the night had a rail replacement bus service in place due to maintenance work. If I had looked more closely when booking the tickets I would have known this and we could have saved money by getting the public bus, but hey, I digress. Whilst leaving Cusco we entered ... read more
The train to Machu Pichu
Light over Machu Pichu
The Inca Bridge

South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu March 24th 2014

Today is the day! We get to explore Machu Picchu! I wake up to my alarm at 2:30am in the morning. Michael is growling. He couldn't really sleep as he has been affected the most by the altitude in Cusco. Cusco is 11,200 feet above sea level. It does make it difficult to breath and I find myself taking deeper breaths than normal in order to get enough oxygen. Cusco is higher than Machu Picchu, which is about 8,800 feet at Huayna Picchu's peak - so hopefully he will feel better there. Michael takes an Advil PM and a pill for altitude sickness - hopefully he'll be able to sleep in the car. Our driver is waiting for us at 3:00 am. We have to leave this early because there is a strike on the road ... read more
Peruivan Countryside - Peru Rail
Peruivan Countryside - Peru Rail
Peruivan Countryside - Peru Rail

South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu March 13th 2014

Geo: -13.1583, -72.5314On Wednesday morning we left Cusco by bus at 6am. We had a two hour drive through Urubamba to Ollayantambo to catch the train to Mach Picchu. The train arrived at 8-20am and we left for our one and a half hour trip through the valley alongside the Urubamba River. The train was very comfortable with viewing windows in the roof. as well as large windows. We were serve breakfast. This consisted of cactus fruit, melons, Quinoa pancakes with blueberry sauce and a warm spinach pastry. We also had coffee. The scenery was stunning. Apart from the roaring river the tall mountains and green hillsides were very attractive.We arrived in Machu Picchu about 10am. From the station we had a short walk to our hotel, Inkaterra. This is a fantastic place. It is an ... read more
On board our carriage
Our room at Inkaterra

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