Machu Picchu

Trip Start Dec 22, 2012
Trip End Aug 01, 2013

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Flag of Peru  , Sacred Valley,
Monday, December 24, 2012

Machu Picchu - Day 1

We woke up bright and early to leave Cusco on the Hiram Bingham train to the base town at Machu Picchu. Arriving at the train, we were surprised by its luxury - white table clothes, good food, comfy seats, and most importantly a bar. That section of the train go the most use and the on train band (yeah they had one of those) was joined by singing and dancing families as the train tracks passed by through the back windows (see videos). We got off the train and settled down in our hotel only to leave to the bus to Machu Picchu. We climbed the mountain on a hairpin turn road looking none too sturdy with erosion and the general disrepair of the road. But we made it up in one piece and got through the gates to get our first glimpse of the city that lay in secret for so long. I won't try to describe it simply because I can't. Nothing about the place made sense. Perfectly placed rocks that were the foundation to a Inca hub city to which around 1000 Incas called home. It had no water reservoir, they waited for rain. They had no metal tools, written language, or wheels. Yet they still managed to turn a mountain into a city. I'll let the pictures do the rest of the talking but even those don't do it justice. If you can ever find your way to Machu Picchu, go. Don't ask questions just  go. 

After spending a few hours there and one more day in the region I wanted to take advantage of where I was. I decided that tomorrow I would climb Huayna Picchu and overlook Machu Picchu from a different angle. 
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