Machu Picchu Travel Blog› entry 5 of 9 › view all entries
After a boring night in Aguas Caliente, we woke up early and made our way to Machu Picchu...
Now most people know that Machu Picchu was the main site of the Inca state hidden high in the mountains, and I will tell you that everything that people tell you about Machu Picchu is true it is a place that needs to visited by all.
You take the bus with many others up from Aguas Caliente up the steep side of the mountain to the top. Now the day is very misty as it has been raining all night and once on top, you see very little.
Me and my brother make our way down the 'long path' which starts on one of the vegetation plots on the side of the mountain city. When taking photos we encounter a huge Llama and he and my brother exchange plesantries!
We know that we are on the side of the mountain but see very little of the rest of Machu Picchu.
We start making our way on the long path and keep on going and going... It is good to see that it is misty as someone who is afraid of heights, so I cannot see just how high I am. We start seeing Anu Picchu the magestic mountain that towers over the Inca ruins through the clouds and it is something amazing... As we are now walking for more than 30 minutes we figure that we are going the wrong way but we just now want to see what is at the end of this patch, which has gotten much steeper and narrower. We make it all the way to the top and realise that we are at the 'sungate' which overlooks the Inca ruins :)
As we are pretty exhausted we make our way back down toward the ruins and now catch our first glimpse of the ruins through the mist and a rather unique view from high above.
Back down at the ruins we explore the ruins from the Observatory to the living quarters, to the Royal apartments. The craftsmenship is truely remarkable but the beauty of what you see in front of you is just estonishing. You are standing in the Inca ruins and surrounded by huge mountains and you just realise just how small you are in the scheme of things. I hope to capture some of the magic of this place but no photo or video will do it justice to what the human eyes experience when here.