Our journey to Machu Picchu
27.09.2011 18 °C
We made it!
Well it all started with a stratically picked outfit (my kiwi top so no one miss took me for Australian and a crazy drive with a kamikaze taxi driver to the small town of Ollantaytambo where we were to catch the train for a two and a half hour journey to Aguas Calientes. The small town of Machu Picchu.
Waiting for the train to Mach Picchu
On board the train
Amazing scenes from the train
We arrived, found our hostel then took the time to explore this very steep but cute little town that is pretty much a tourist haven. You can walk around the whole city in half an hour and the locals from there certainly put on the charm
Aguas Calientes is pretty much at the bottom of a mountain, surrounded by mountains and the streets go straight up, good for the butt and thighs haha
River running through the town
Pretty cool flora here
Dinner time, seriously the food here is soo good you can order anything and it will be good even if you don't know what it is cause it is in spanish haha
Db and myself at the plaza
The last Incan king looking over the town. love the moody mountains
After exploring it was off to bed as tomorrow would be D day.
Woke up at 5am to be one of the first off the bus to get to Machu Picchu at 6am. We arrived at the entrance to find people were already queing, but that's ok cause we had to find our tour group with a pretty cool guide named Eddie. So with our group ready we took off, at this point you can't even see Machu Picchu and then suddenly you turn a corner and there she is in all her glory.
(i might of had a little tear as this place truely is breath taking. Db wont admit to having any emotions causes he's hard haha)
So from here we spent till 4pm exploring the ruins and i guess i will just let the photos do the talking.
Walking up to Machu Picchu
Db's first sight of the awesomeness
Pretty stoked I made it
This was the main door to the city of Machu Picchu and still has the hinge made of stone today, meaning it must have once had a wooden door. Sadly back in the day when it was discovered, as it was heavily overgrowen to quckly clear it they set the dense jungle/bush alight burning the bush and anything that may have been wooden e.g. doors, roofs....
Incan houses, they once would have had a grass roof.
Agricutlural terraces, used to grow maze, potato and avacado. Pretty cool as when it rained the run off would make its way town the terraces working as irrigation. Also being on the side of the mountain the wind kept the produce fresh and at a cooler temperature.
Incan wall, the way they created these is amazing craftmanship
Group shot, we made it!
Db and myself and Machu Picchu
Wyna picchu, the one that looks down on Machu Picchu
Turns out Llamas like bananas
Look at my national geographic shot, pretty proud haha
Having a moment
Old Incan stairs just hanging out of the wall haha
Llama admiring the view
Machu Picchu yeah!
Short Movie of Machu Picchu
From Machu Picchu Db and I walked an hour up mountain (not up hill haha) to the sun gate which is the spot you would first sight Machu Picchu when travelling the Inca trail. It is also called the sun gate as for 6 mnths of the year the sun rises exactly here.
Yip this is how high we made it to, was quite hard to breath going up
Us at the sun gate, there were lots of travellers who had just finished the Inca trail and had just sighted Machu Picchu, the emotion on their faces was priceless, awesomeness. One group of about 11 were all over 55 with one old chap having turned 79 on the trail. NOTE: the Inca trail takes 4 days 3 nights walking with a pack from Cusco. What a legand he was.
Db at the sun gate, we found a kiwi here, whose son had also rang her to tell her baout the warriors
Agua Calientes the town where we started from.
Another short movie of the way up to the sun gate
On the way to the sun gate
We then walked further to an old Inca bridge which pretty much was just hanging on the side of the mountains, with a very narrow path chizzled into it.
Close up of bridge
Well if you have managed to read till the end you are awesome and thanks for sharing our adventures with us.
P.S If you can you need to come here it is quite indescribable and has given me a whole new outlook on how people can live and make do with any situation, cause this place it seriously in the strangest but grandest place yet they built an entire city that still stands today.
Till we post again from Cusco
Take care and start saving
Sherry and Db