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... our porters, helping them cook dinner and serving their food to them, as they had done for us in the days previously. As the only Spanish speaker in the group Harry was called upon to present tips with a thank you speech.
Day four was the day we finally made it to Machu Picchu. We were up at 3.30. Yes 3.30. You can only imagine how grumpy Harry was. After going through yet another checkpoint it was a mad dash to Inti Punku, the Sun Gate. And it really was a mad ...
... The significance of this is that the Spanish introduced the donkey to South America. The llamas could only carry 25 kg loads which was hardly enough to carry the Spaniards plunders of gold and silver.
We then carried on to Cusco where we get to stay for 2 nights. We arrived around 3:00 and went out to a restaurant for lunch called The Fallen Angel. We had a great lunch.
In the main square ...
... it's there, always beautiful, always present.
It sort of makes it personal, like if it was always there for you, capturing your attention, showing you its many different angles and details.
It's really quite special.
There are things that are not so great compared to other ancient sites. For example:
1) The guards act more like policemen than anything else, wistling and telling people off when they ...
... towards the east. I have not previously seen anything like the geogly in this area, with its angular and dramatic ridges, valleys and jaggered rocky summits. At the pass we stopped for lunch and were promised 360 degree views, however there was a storm in the distance and cloud filled the sky so we missed out on views of the snow covered peaks of Salkantay and Veronica.
From the pass the path descended steeply downwards on approximately 1000 steps over 1000m to ...
... upon Machu Picchu; where two families were living. He stayed there for just 5 hours before continuing on. It wasn’t until he got back to the USA and was looking at his Photos that he realized what a special place Machu Picchu really was and in 1912 got National Geographic involved. It has become one of the most famous and visited ancient ruins in Peru; even though, as you could tell from my other blogs and ...