Machu Picchu

January 11, 2010 at 3:25 pm (Photos, Travel)

I hope you’re not all sick of my Peru posts yet … though this is probably my last one. Machu Picchu was simply too incredible not to receive its own blog.

Thousands of people visit this ancient Inca site every year, which is both a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the seven wonders of the world. While many of the tourists hike along the Inca Trail for four days to reach Machu Picchu, Sheri and I opted for a two-day trek. It was a good thing too, since we were both sick before the trip and may not have made it.

We hopped on a train out of Cuzco early on January 1, 2010. We got off at kilometre 106, and hiked up a porter’s path to the Inca Trail. It was an intense two hours on a trail that went up 500-metres. After a stop at another Inca ruins, we began the rest of our journey to Machu Picchu.

I don't understand how they manage to build these things on the sides of mountains like this.

It took over two more hours of walking to reach the Sun Gate, where we were rewarded with our first glimpse of Machu Picchu. It was glorious!

Machu Picchu in the sunshine.

From the Sun Gate it was only about a half hour before we reached the site, which was closing for the day so we snapped a few photos and came back the next day for a full tour and hike up Wayna Picchu.

Machu Picchu in the mist.

I highly recommend doing the Wayna Picchu hike if you go – but only 400 people are allowed on the peak per day, and it’s first come, first serve.

It's incredible walking through rooms that are 1000-plus years old.

We love Machu Picchu!

I have a couple hundred more pictures, but this is just to pique your interest. To see the real deal – book a plane ticket to Cuzco!

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