The much awaited arrival at Machu Pichu!

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The early morning train.

Another early morning awaited us... And a fond farewell to most of the staff. We set off for the station as the first part of our journey involved a train ride. A change from all the trekking! The train was very comfortable and offerred a great breakfast. Everyone on the train had a ticket and there was no one standing... it was purely tourists. The workers on the train provided entertainment which was a little odd. There was a fashion show. The return journey the next day had a man dancing and running around the train with a puppet llama. It was very stange...

We arrived at our destination and began the trek to Machu Picchu. The day was another hot one! We had originally planned to arrive at Cusco in the early morning to watch the sunrise there.

Views on our trek over the mountains.
.. Apparently a sight to behold but as the trip was arranged by Scope I'm guessing these plans were changed for some unknown reason to me. However I wasn't disappointed as the trek we took that day was another breathtaking journey. The views in the heat were stunning! Beautiful waterfalls and amazing views across the Andes.

We trekked to our first stop Winaywayna. An area built by Incas and believed to be a kind of fortress. Incas were known to build in the mountains and often abandon these settlements when they were no longer needed. The Incas were constantly on a search to find the perfect city. Many settlements were built along the way, used for many differenet purposes. There may even be some cities and settlements in the Andes that have yet to be found! Machu Picchu is thought to be the closest to come to the ideal of the perfect city but even this beautiful settlement was abandoned by the Incas.

The pathway.

Winaywayna consisted of many large terraces with buildings down one side. The Incas had irrogated water to run through the buildings on the side. An important Inca ritual to the much worshipped god of water. The climb up the steep steps between the buildings and the terraces was tricky in the heat! 

We trekked on... It was a real push for us. 5 days trekking was hard, the heat was almost unbearable but the goal of Machu Picchu was very much in out minds... Steep inclines, steps that almost looked like a wall and winding pathways were all mini challenges on our journey. But we finally made it to the Sun gate and got our first glimps of Machu Picchu, still a small distance away but with our grasp! The sun gate is the main place that people go to watch the sunrise over Machu Picchu, unfortunately something I wouldn't see but I bet the view would be stunning.

Our first destination, Winaywayna.

On arrival at Machu Pichu we enjoyed the promotional Scope pictures and began our guide around the settlement. The buildings were beautifully built, everything was built around nature... The way the sun rised, the seasons, the earth, water. There was a building that told not only the time of day but let the Incas keep an eye on the seasons. The sun came in at differnet angles depending on the time of day and time of year. A clock and calender rolled into one building! There was many temples throughout the city... to worship the sun and the earth. As at Winaywayna, there was and irrogation system running through the town to worship water. The Incas were so in touch with nature and all it has to offer us. Everything they built incorporated the Sun, Earth and Water. A philosophy/religion I wish more of us would follow, including myself.

A stunning waterfall on the way.

Unfortunately the place was closing before we had chance to sample the whole area. Machu Picchu is ran like it's own country and museum. You show your passport on entry and the place has strict opening times. You have to book well in advance in order to visit and they take your passport number when you book. An understandable approach to maintaining the sanctity of the city. Limiting the amount of people allowed in, staff in all areas watching the behaviour of visitors and guides for each group of people. These again are all laws the Peruvians uphold, I can understand their desperation to keep the area special, it truely is an amazing place and any rules needed to keep it that way are much welcomed!

Our trek was finally over... that night we partied in the new town of Machu Picchu located close to the ancient site. We were all so pleased with our acheivements and experiences and it certainly is a trip I will never forget. I hope you enjoyed the blog and the pictures and I hope it inspires you to make the trip yourself!

ajdennis1980 says:
Whoop whoop, all the fundraising I did for you pays off!! ;)
Posted on: Mar 24, 2009
free08 says:
Thoroughly enjoyed ur blog and the pictures.
Posted on: Mar 17, 2009
hannah-lou says:
Great blog! South Amnerica is my next destination and I love reading about others experiences. It sounds rough, exhausting and dangerous almost but I cant wait!
Posted on: Feb 28, 2009
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The early morning train.
The early morning train.
Views on our trek over the mountai…
Views on our trek over the mounta…
The pathway.
The pathway.
Our first destination, Winaywayna.
Our first destination, Winaywayna.
A stunning waterfall on the way.
A stunning waterfall on the way.
Steep climbs at Winaywayna.
Steep climbs at Winaywayna.
Winaywayna terraces.
Winaywayna terraces.
View from Winaywayna out over the …
View from Winaywayna out over the…
Settlements at Winaywayna.
Settlements at Winaywayna.
Looking back over the steps.
Looking back over the steps.
Winaywayna... Again!
Winaywayna... Again!
Hear no evil, see no evil, speak n…
Hear no evil, see no evil, speak …
Kind of barrack at Winaywayna.
Kind of barrack at Winaywayna.
Example of the water irrogation.
Example of the water irrogation.
Looking back over Winaywayna.
Looking back over Winaywayna.
The terraces again!
The terraces again!
A view back over Winaywayna.
A view back over Winaywayna.
The sign post that reminded me wha…
The sign post that reminded me wh…
Almost wall-like steps to scramble…
Almost wall-like steps to scrambl…
The Sungate!
The Sungate!
First view of Machu Picchu from th…
First view of Machu Picchu from t…
Getting closer!
Getting closer!
Machu Picchu!!
Machu Picchu!!
Me looking exhausted but happy at …
Me looking exhausted but happy at…
More views of MAchu Picchu.
More views of MAchu Picchu.
And again! Machu Picchu in all it…
And again! Machu Picchu in all it…
Different angles... what an amazin…
Different angles... what an amazi…
Inca irrogation...
Inca irrogation...
Some of the buildings at Machu Pic…
Some of the buildings at Machu Pi…
The Sun Temple.
The Sun Temple.
The Earth temple, appropriately pl…
The Earth temple, appropriately p…
Inca Door.
Inca Door.
Inca houses.
Inca houses.
Other side of Machu Picchu... More…
Other side of Machu Picchu... Mor…
More buildings at Machu Picchu.
More buildings at Machu Picchu.
The building that told the time an…
The building that told the time a…
A view from Machu Picchu.
A view from Machu Picchu.
Looking back up at the Sun Gate, t…
Looking back up at the Sun Gate, …
The settlement at Machu Picchu.
The settlement at Machu Picchu.
More buildings and terraces at Mac…
More buildings and terraces at Ma…
Machu Picchu
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