feet below us. You could see the amount of work that went into each block and room built, but what took a while to appreciate was how well planned everything was. The terraces allowed for plenty of soil area to grow food, there were waterways cut into the blocks of walkways and walls all at perfect grade, reservoirs and foundation under all of the structures for bracing, and a stone aligned to the four cardinal directions.
During our tour we learned that most of the Incan cities were destroyed by the Spanish. Machu Picchu was so well hidden and so difficult to reach that it remained hidden until 1911 when Peruvian locals led Hiram Bingham from Yale University to it. He returned to the United States and obtained a grant to return and begin excavation and restoration.
After our tour Bryan and I quickly headed over to the entrance of Wayna Picchu. We weren't done hiking yet! To get to the top of Wayna Picchu you head to the North end of Machu Picchu and then back down a little bit before beginning a difficult climb almost straight up. Thanks to the rain, fog and clouds, the climb was very slick and a little difficult to see where you were headed. There were plenty of places were a fall would have been quite a disaster so we moved very slowly. Once we finally reached the top, the clouds and fog began to clear up leaving us with a bird’s eye view of Machu Picchu! It was incredible and well worth the climb.
After taking in the view and snapping a bunch of pictures we began the even slower climb back down. My legs were completely turned into jello at this point so it took us quite a while. We finally got back to Machu Picchu and did some exploring on our own before heading to the exit to purchase our bus ticket back down. I’m surprised they don’t charge more for this ticket because after all the walking, hiking, climbing, and lack of sleep I would have paid anything to not have to walk all the way back down to Aguas Calientes!
Not only was the tour of Machu Picchu amazing, the backdrops and views from every part of it were unbelievable. We were 8,000 feet above sea level, with views of the Urubamba River 1,000