Machu Picchu Travel Blog› entry 3 of 6 › view all entries
September 21st, 2008 – by: gnatalia
Today we board a very early train headed to Aguas Calientes, to go to Machu Picchu. From Cusco, it is a 4 hour train ride which takes you through the valleys and farm lands of Peru and the villages around the Andes mountains. From Aguas Calientes, we take a 25 minute bus ride up to Machu Picchu, the lost city of the Incas. This sacred place was built around the year 1460 and remained hidden from the west until discovered by Hiram Bingham in 1911. Machu Picchu was declared a Peruvian Historical Sanctuary in 1981 and a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1983. Located 7,875 ft (2,400m) above sea level, this place is truly magical. To view the ruins from above, we had to do a quite extensive hike up the mountain climbing steps, steps, and more steps. But the views from up top are truly beautiful. After that, we walked the ruins, and believe it that I have never crossed and climbed so many steps in my life. Machu Picchu is quite extensive, there are many archways and hidden alleys and walkways. There are llamas everywhere and they walk next to you with no fear, welcoming you to their home. We spent all morning admiring this beautiful place and had luch at the Santuary lodge. One day was enough to tour the ruins and upon arriving at the hotel, we discovered that our luggage stayed behind in the previous hotel. So all we had was the clothes on our backs, I guess there is always room for surprises when you travel.
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