Saturday, May 23, 2009

The main reason we came to Peru!!

Today, we woke up really early around 4 am to catch the early train to Machu Picchu. The train ride was about 3.5 hours, and passed through some of the nicest scenery, with the Andean Mountains on both sides.

We reached the town of Aquas Calientes around 10, and quickly went to the hostal to drop off our bags. We headed straight for the bus for a 20 minute ride to Machu Picchu itself. Again, this was one of those places that you think before hand, will it be over rated?, will it live up to its reputation? Well it did and more...

Once in, we headed for the first left, as the guidebook says, to climb about 10 minutes to the most popular viewpoint. Here you have a complete view of the whole lost city, and both our cameras worked over time, as we took about 1 gig of pics!!! lolol

There is also this really cool hike to the Inca Bridge, which was actually closed a few years back, when a tourist fell to their death. The hike was about 1 hour in total, and really worth it, as you hike right on the cliff side, with approx. 1000 ft drop down to the valley and river below.

When we first reached Machu Picchu, it was mainly sunny, but towards the afternoon, you could hear and see thunderstorms past the mountains in the background. Really cool stuff!!

We also explored the ruins walking around the many small alleyways and climbing the Inca steps. There were some llamas there, and we tried to get some in our pics with Machu Picchu in the background, but they weren't as cooperative as we liked.

As we were leaving, we stopped at the park office, to get this really cool and unique Machu Picchu stamp in our passports.

Right now we are relaxing back in the town of Aquas Calientes. We will probably walk around a bit before calling it a night, since we have to wake up really early tomorrow, for another visit to Machu Picchu. We will post pics once we return.

Adios from Machu Picchu the Lost Inca City!!! until tomorrow...

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