Day 5 Machu Picchu

WOW, ……… it is totally just….WOW…..the journey to get here itself is crazy, and this place is magical.  We spent about 5 hours climbing around.  You can leave and come back so we did take a break for about an hour.  It is HUGE…and we didn’t do all of it.

So even being 50 and out of shape (me), I ended up climbing more then I thought and getting to the top, even if I did have to stop every 10 steps or so, it was worth it.  My son got some of the best high top views, cause he is young and in shape 🙂

This is by far one of the most gorgeous, intriguing places I have ever seen.  How did these people who built here even find this place?  How did they build here?  Where did the stones come from? How is it their structures are STILL here?  I don’t think we could do this in our modern age, it is CrAzY to think about.

If you can make it here, get here, this is definitely a once in a life time experience.

Look at how blue the sky is, how green the hills are, how beautiful and lush

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There were ALOT of stairs…lots of up and down, lots of breaks to make it to the top!

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Some insights if planning a trip to Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu allows only 25oo visitors a day.  I think this is a great idea, this is a pristine country, I would hate to see it ruined because of tourism.  You see livestock grazing on the land as they should be.

Because of the ticket limit you need to buy your tickets early, they have a website Tickets for Machu Picchu where you can get them, here is a link to trip advisor that explains how to get them.  It is NOT easy, it is about a 3/4 step process.  Also there is a weight limit for the train and only backpacks and carry on luggage is allowed, that is way we did carry on’s this trip.  It worked in other ways as well, but this was the impetus for our change.  They do say the train station will let you stow extra luggage and if you are only going for the day and have a hotel room somewhere else, leave all the extras there.

Also, in order to get to there you have to take a train to Aguas Calientes, we used PeruRail, again this isn’t as easy as it sounds, there are 2 steps to actually buy the tickets then you have to BE IN Peru to pick them up 4 hours before your train leaves.  You can buy one-way and round- trip, I recommend round-trip unless you don’t know when you are coming back.  Remember you will see 3 different levels of trains and ONE of them I believe includes the ticket to Machu Picchu.

I really think if you leave from Cusco, you miss the Sacred Valley with its other wonders, so if you have time, check them out, you won’t be disappointed, a little tired and sore maybe 🙂

So just getting to Machu Picchu is in itself a quite difficult journey, but it is all worth it.

Here is a teaser for my next post….

 

Hey there Peruvians…Hola Peruvians

I see some of my visitors are from Peru, we are going to go to Lima, Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu) and Cusco.  Any suggestions?  It looks awesome….and I can’t wait to see the Llamas and Alpacas!

I know there is a lot more then Just Machu Picchu, any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

Veo a algunos de mis visitantes son de Perú , vamos a ir a Lima , Aguas Calientes ( Machu Picchu ) y Cusco . ¿Alguna sugerencia? Se ve impresionante .... y no puedo esperar a ver la llamas y alpacas !

Sé que hay mucho más que sólo Machupicchu , cualquier idea sería muy apreciada

Yes I used a translation on the internet, I do have some HS/College Spanish, but I think it is Mexico Spanish and no Spain Spanish, so we will have to see how it goes!