On to Machu Picchu
Trip Start May 29, 2012
8Trip End Jun 13, 2012
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After the game it was time for a demonstration of the Chicha making process
Then it was on to the train station in Ollantaytambo where we caught our single car electric train to Aguas Caliente. The trip took about an hour and 45 minutes, but since we travelled though the Urubamba Gorge, we were able to enjoy the beautiful scenery and eat a box lunch. On arrival our bags went to the hotel but we went straight to the bus stop for our 25 minute ride to Machu Picchu.
In the Quechua language, Machu Picchu means Old Mountain. It is a pre Columbian 15th century Inca site located just 7,970 feet above sea level. Most archeologists believe that it was built as an estate for the great emperor, Pachacuteq. It is often referred to as "The Lost City of the Incas, because although it was known locally, it was unknown to the outside world until it was found by Hiram Bingham in 1911. On his first visit he spent less than one day on the site which was covered with dense vegetation. However, he returned in 1912 on an expedition funded the National Geographic, and then it attracted international attention. Since the site was never known to the Spanish during their conquest. It is very significant as a relatively intact Inca cultural site. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983 and voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
It is difficult to describe my thoughts and feelings when I first viewed the site, and my photos can't capture it's beauty. I am in awe of the architectural and engineering skill of its builders and their knowledge of astronomy. We spent about 5 hours exploring the grounds and left only when the site was closing at 5:30.