Macchu Picchu

Trip Start Jan 09, 2005
Trip End ??? ??, 2005

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Monday, April 11, 2005

Cusco and Macchu Picchu

Cusco is the Gateway to the Inca Trail (a gruelling 4 day hike along the old Inca pilgrim route) and Macchu Picchu. Cusco is a beautiful city of 500,000 who host an even smaller but equally determined population of Gringoīs out for a good time and its not hard to enjoy yourself in Cusco
We thought this would be a sleepy stop over town but boy were we wrong! As night life goes this was pretty intense with scores of bars and clubs all tempting us with free drinks and shots and who could resist free drinks! We spent 3 days and 4 good nights here and were glad to have booked our travel out as it seems many a foreigner we bumped into had stayed far longer than they had expected.
Apart from all the frivolity we met some excellent and interesting locals, Sebastian and Steve, who were extremely hospitable and we hope to return the favour one day in London guys!!

Macchu Picchu was the reason for our visit and so we went to this sacred site. We thought about sweating for 3 or 4 days without a wash and decided against and got the train up in 4 hours! You have all seen the picture postcards of this Inca site and what I was expecting was a ruin up a hill. How wrong was I, because this place is a "world heritage site" if ever their was one, and should be included as one of the wonders of the world.
Its hard to describe it but I will try.....It is situated at the end of the high lands and just before the jungle. It sits on top of a huge granite uprising looking down into a 1000 foot valley. It exists in its own micro climate of cloud forest which you can tell by just looking around as their are literally hundreds of types of orchid growing in this valley. The Incas choose this place as the site of their most sacred valley partly for this reason as they were expert farmers and grew and developed seeds here. The other reason was to worship their deities here, the sun and the moon, and it is such a beautiful spot to contemplate. The ruins themselves are spectacularly well built and have survived quake after quake.
The whole site was abandoned so that the spanish conquistadors couldnīt find it and destroy it. It was such a well hidden place that it was only descovered again in 1911. It is a magnificent place and if I had flown all the way from England just to see it my whole trip would have been worth it!
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