Machu Picchu at Last !!!!

Trip Start Aug 01, 2008
Trip End Aug 16, 2008

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Flag of Peru  , Sacred Valley,
Thursday, August 7, 2008

Hello Everybody,

      Today is probably one of the best travel day in my life since I am in the most amazing place on Earth- Machu Picchu !!! 

      I went to bed around 12 am last night was waking by this pouring rain outside my hostal. ( I thought I paid for a hotel but my touring company ended up giving me a hostal with cold showers, whatever...) With all that aside. I was quite worried the I might not be able to see Machu Picchu due this heavy downpour. I reluctantly woke up around 5 am, got ready and went down for breakfast. As it turned out, the rain slowed down into a drizzle, so it wasnīt too much of a problem touring the Machu Picchu ruins.
      I took one of the earliest bus up to Machu Picchu and arriving at 7 am.  Immediately afte the entrance ticket booth, I followed the crowds to a viewing area to see the Classic photogenic spot of Machu Picchu. There was still a trace of thin clouds lingering around the ruins, just standing in front of it, I can totally understand why people love this place to death and named it one of the 8 wonders of the world. Machu Picchu absolutely stunning, this Inca ruins was not even mentioned until its discovery in 1922. It sits between the 2 mountain top with Inca housing architectures spreading in the valley. There was Inca walls, rooms, sundial, prison cells and ceremonial areas. The archeologists up until this day still canīt figure out the significant of the Machu Picchu site, probably a summer palace for the kings?  I met up with our guide with some effort, then I started walking around the ruins just snapping photos away with my camera. After 10 am, I decided to take a challenge by hiking up Wayna Picchu, this is the mountain right behind the ruins. It looks easy but it was acutally a lot harder than I thought.

      At the Wayna Picchu ruin, the ranger onlu allow a total of 400 people in to prevent destruction of the area. I think that is a great idea because the steps were so rediculously steep, passing on the steps is almost imposible. The up hill part was okay, strenous exercise, a bit of huffing and puffing, but I did it without much problem ( thanks again to Zack and Davidīs Gruesome Sunday hikes). I broke out a good sweat and near the top, I was able to catch this beautiful view of the Machu Picchu ruins from a totaly different perspective, Cool !!  The top of Wayna Picchu turned out to be a bunch of large rocks. Everyone just spread out and sat on the rock chatting a eating lunch. That was quite scary actually since beyond the rocks there is nothing but the 500 feet drop into the canyon..... Not for the acrophobic. After taking some photos, I had to crawl back down those steps. This the MOST difficult down hill trek I ever have to do. The steps were about 85 degrees steep and each step is about 2 feet by 1 foot wide and you can see the entire cliff down below. This is SOOO scary. I was told to get on the side and god down in all 4s and going down in a sitting position. Whatever it is, it took me almost forever to get down those steps. Almost had to call for helicopter rescue. Good thing is there were a nice couple from New Youk behind me kept on encouraging me and this girl ahead of me leading the way, this does help me relieve some the the acrophoic anxieties. It was a beautiful hike but a little too scary. Since I way holding onto every rock or branch I can find, my hand was covered with dirt when I FINALLY get to the bottom. I congratulated the couple from New York on their effort and energy and thanked them for the words of encouragement.

    Tonight my guide promised me the Cuy dinner (guinea pig again) and after I will be on my way back to Cuzco.
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