Macchu Picchu, Lost city of the Incas
Trip Start Mar 15, 2006
62Trip End Dec 20, 2006
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Not having the organisational skills to book months ahead for the Inca trail, or much time left to do an alternative treck I had to catch the train up, first to Aguas Calientes (literally meaning hot water in Spanish, and home to some hot springs), where I spent the night so I could catch the bus early the next morning to see the sunrise at Macchu Picchu.
I was one of the first people there the next morning, when the mountain was still shrouded in fog. Walking among the silent, foggy ruins, surrounded by mountain peaks was quite an eerie feeling. Slowly more tourists trickled in, and we settled for a vantage point looking down over the ruins
After my guided tour I climbed Waynapicchu, which was very steep and tough, but worth it. On the way down I took a rather long detour to a cave which had some more ruins. This track was so steep in sections that you had to climb down ladders, and I only saw a couple of other tourists. By the time I got back I was exhausted, it had started to rain, and there were quite a lot of slow walking elderly tour groups, so I didnīt really feel quite the same magic.
From Cusco it was anothe early start to fly to Lima and then on to Quito in Ecuador, where I will finalise a boat trip to the Galapagos.