Machu Picchu - The lost city of the Incas

Trip Start Jan 18, 2011
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Trip End Jan 18, 2012


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Flag of Peru  , Sacred Valley,
Sunday, March 13, 2011

First of all pictures do no justice for this place . It's a million times more magnificent than any picture I've seen. Just had to point that out ;


What else can I say?  One of the new Seven Wonders of the World.  It was a moment I have been waiting for for a long time. The site was amazing and although I was in awe I felt that I was not able to fully take in the whole experience while being in its presences.

It is a site I will always remember.  It was remarkable!  These "astonishing" people built an amazing city.  They began it about a thousand years ago.  They did it with no real tools.  They did it without the use of the wheel!  And then when Spain came and Francisco Pizarro destroyed the Incan civilization and all Incan places of importance were replaced with Spanish churches and Spanish control lasted 300 years, this place, Machu Pichu, was left unfound and untouched.  And there it sat for half a millenium until Hirim Bingim rediscovered it.

Hiram Bingham discovered Machu Picchu in 1911 by accident as he didn't know about the city, but as an historian he had learnt about the Inca people whislt living in Chile.
In 1912 the excavation of Machu Picchu began under the watchful eye of Hiram Bingham, where many important Inca artifacts were found - ceramic, tools, human remains and more.

We started the day by waking up at 4:15AM and then took a bus a 30 minute ride that left at 6AM.  We made friends on the bus to Ollantaytamba they were from Bueno Aires a very nice couple who had great english so they could translate spanish if we needed it , but were fluenent in spanish now anyway ,lol , we had met a tour guide the day before called freddy , a very nice peruvain guy , so he had agreed to show us around Machu Picchu for 25 soles each , he also had great english.

He brought us to important places and explained the significance the Temple of the Sun and also the Moon, and altar, the rock quarry and other places.  Every turn presented a spectacular view.

When our tour finished we went for a lunch . Then we headed for our steep hike to an overlook which was called Wanyu Picchu this provided us with the view of the day;  the postcard picture.  Finally we headed back down and layed down on the grass terraces.  I layed there looking at this mighty site.

At 5PM we took a bus back to Aguas Caliente. We walked around and enjoyed the sites.  This is certainly a backpackers paradise lined with shops, bars and restaurants.  After eating we went to relax at the hot springs again with a couple of cold beers , i remember recalling to myself lying back in the hot springs this truely is the life of Reilly , but for me an O´Reilly.


What a fantastic experience though - Machu Picchu

chou for now
cathal














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