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Yesterday it was off to the beautiful little town of Ollantaytambo - tourist town that seemed to exist partially for the tourists heading to Machu Pichu and also for the Inca ruins based here. Along the way we stopped to visit the Saqsayhuaman Inca site just above Cusco and to admire the views of the city. A lunch stop in a small community where …
... the Spanish conquerors arrived in the region, and although at first they were all friendly and offering to help resolve the conflict, they very quickly lost interest as their motivation was their search for the fabled Inca gold.
Seems that the main value of their storehouses of gold was its ability to provide a bright gold sun like connection to the sun god they worshiped, and it was only ...
... our guide since the locals sit in a different section of the train than the tourists. It was a beautiful ride. In Aguas Calientes we checked into our hotel and then headed up to the hot springs. It felt great after 3 days of hiking! After dinner it was another early night since we'll be getting up at 4 am to hike up Machu ...
... to get that same vista during the day. We did, and though the climb up was tough, the views were extremely rewarding.
Machu Picchu was very crowded in the morning and into the early afternoon, but it largely cleared out by the time we came down from the Gate of the Sun around 2 p.m. We were glad we had booked a 7 p.m. train, so that we had lots of time to explore Machu Picchu on our own once the crowds had dispersed. We wandered the grounds for another ...
... Cusco. They abandoned the place. The township planning was nothing less than genius. It had everything. When the Inca abandoned it, it was covered with vegetation and forest. Hiram Bingham, Yale University professor accidently discovered Machu Picchu on July 24, 1911 while searching for the lost city of Incas. Occasionally, you can see I llamas. Keep in mind, that you are not allowed to eat inside and there is no restrooms in the complex. Hence, ...