Oh, Machu Picchu!
Machu Picchu Travel Blog› entry 9 of 26 › view all entries
June 24th, 2007 – by: enlighten_me
It's slightly drizzling this morning, and as I reach the top, the dim morning light illuminates the steep trail and reveals the dreaded, yet mystical, fog - my main concern is that Machu Picchu would be completely shrouded by fog.
I greet my guide and we immediately enter into one of Machu Picchu's labyrinths. My heartbeat quickens with excitement as we wind through the stone corridors, and I am left breathless in anticipation of what I will be seeing next.
It feels like an enormous maze as I try to keep track of each branch in the paths, but we quickly emerge into a breathtaking open terrace. Knowing I am not the type for guided tours (I already have read all about the history of Machu Picchu), I ditch the tour and venture into the mystic ruins to explore solo in the tranquillity of the early momrning.
The fog just makes everything seem like an exciting dream, not knowing what each turn in the labyrinth would reveal. Though many path led to dead ends or rooms, some led to mini-palaces, while the side of the site was particularly picturesque.
After a bit of overly-excited exploration, I decide to make my way to Huaynupicchu, the nearby peak overlooking Machupicchu, and hike to the top of it before the tourist hoards arrive.
However, I simply get lost in Machu Picchu's mazes, and it takes me a full hour of wandering before I finally find my way to the entrance to the Huaynupicchu ascent. It's a surprisingly steep ascent, but I make it up in good time and spend the breathtaking view accompanied by the first two people who attempted the ascent.
Machupicchu looks pretty small from Huaynupicchu, but what really amazes me is how the structures on such a steep peak as Huaynupicchu could be built.
On our descent, we pass by many people huffing and puffing on their way up, not taking water with them, and clearly underestimating the ascent. Seriously, if you plan on going up, you may go slowly, but make sure you have enough water!
Eventually, the sun is strong enough to lift away the fog and reveal Machu Picchu in all its glory.
It really doesn't matter that much either, whether there are many other tourists or not. Machu Picchu is a simply amazing sight to behold. It is enormous, well-constructed, incredibly mysterious, and set in such fantastical location that it really has to be experienced in person. I have posted some nice photographs here, but you really have to come here yourself, walk though the labyrinths, see the temples, feel the stones, awe in wonderment at its location and steep drops all around, and simply just feel the enchantmet that seems to envelope this unbelievable site.
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