Trip Start Feb 20, 2008
62Trip End Aug 20, 2008
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The first bus would start at 0530hrs, and when we got there at 0525hrs, there were probably 120 people in front of us. Still, the buses were loaded quickly and efficiently and we were soon on our way.
We arrived at Macchu Pichu's entrance gates and made our way up, while everything was still shrouded in clouds. As the sun rose, the clouds parted and we had our first glimpse of the "lost" Incan structures. Finally, the magnitude of its glory hit me, and I felt that all the costs and hassle involved were worth it.
Of course, I had made a pun before this trip and kept saying "Macchu Pikachu", so Rob convinced me to hunt down a Pikachu plush, and so yes..
After we sufficiently explored these ancient ruins, we went to register ourselves to climb Wayna Picchu, the famous mountain flanking Macchu Pichu. The trail only permitted 400 climbers a day. Ed signed in at No. 33, I made No. 34 while Rob was No. 35.
The climb was a scenic albeit tiring one, but what really winded us was the descent. It started to rain as we sat on the rocky summit, but by the time we started to clamber down, the rain fell steadily. The ancient Incan steps were Hobbit-sized at best, and treacherously slippery with mosses, lichen and rain.
Slowly did it, and we made it down without incident, although not before being thoroughly soaked, wet, cold and extremely tired. Nonetheless, the rain could not dampen our spirits and we were thrilled that we managed to catch a clear view of Macchu Pichu, unlike for those unfortunate ones who arrived later and found that all that they could see were clouds clouds and more clouds.
(To be continued / rewritten)