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Machu Picchu Travel Blog› entry 26 of 45 › view all entries
September 21st, 2009 – by: TalanandKara
It was a great experience even if it was little tough at times and our knees were complaining by the time we got to actually walk around Machu Picchu. So much so that we almost couldn't be bothered to walk back to the top of the site once all the clouds had cleared (we'd been greeted with nothing but a big bank of cloud from the Sun Gate [first view] and also from the high terraces [classic view])
We both walked with our packs on the first day, coming to terms with the fact that we had too much weight especially after the 3kg sleeping bag and roll mat we'd hired had been added.
On the fourth morning we got up early to stand in line in the rain to start the final days walk.
The site has been extensively restored, but sympathetically I would say. The same goes for many of the sites along the way. The site was never discovered by the Spanish Conquistadors. The locals knew it was there, but kept it secret as they would hunt for treasures to sell in Cusco. This continued for several hundred years until Hiram Bingham, who had become very interested in the Incas after visiting many of the sites around Cusco and was attempting to discover Vilcabamba (the final stronghold of the Incas), was apparently told by a child of a villager that he would find a city up past the mountain he was camping at the foot of.
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