Cuzco And Machu Picchu.
Trip Start Feb 01, 2005
402Trip End Dec 31, 2013
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Eating in Cuzco is a real delight. For a start, just when we were getting used to deciphering Latin Spanish menus, Cuzco has its own language, Quechua
We had wanted to do a 2 day trek on the Inca trail which ends up at Machu Picchu. The usual trek is a very arduous 4 day and would have been outside of our capabilities but then we found we could not do the 2 day trek either because only a certain number of trekkers are allowed on the trail at any given time and it was booked out. Reluctantly we booked the train (the only method to get to Machu Picchu other than on foot) We arrived at the station at 6.00am for the beginning of an amazing day which didn't end until the train returned back at Cuzco at 9.30 pm. The scenery on the four hour trip there was truly amazing! Snow capped peaks, rural subsistence farmers working the terraced slopes, the beginning of the Amazon jungle, a raging river - so much to see the 4 hours just flew!
Machu Picchu itself is totally breathtaking. It is the best preserved buildings of the Inca empire as the Spanish never found it. When the Spanish arrived in Peru (as in all the other countries we have visited) they destroyed the existing culture, looted all the temples and pulled down the buildings to use the stone to build their cathedrals and houses
Machu Picchu is the best known and most photographed Inca ruins however we found many other interesting sites around Cuzco and took several day tours with English speaking guides to see not only the Inca sites but to see the magnificent scenery that surrounds Cuzco and to visit little mountain villages. Our 5 days in Cuzco sadly came to an end and we caught a bus to our next Peruvian destination - Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca.
Footnote: Machu Picchu Cuzco Region, Peru is listed as one of the New Seven Wonders Of The World Winners. The Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu is UNESCO World Heritage listed and features in the book Unforgettable Places to See before you die.