MACHU PICCHU

Trip Start Dec 03, 2008
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Trip End Oct 14, 2009


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Flag of Peru  , Sacred Valley,
Tuesday, December 9, 2008

First, I need to say that not all of the photos are uploaded yet and we have some video as well - check back soon for the rest. xo

We got up early and took the 6:30am bus up to the top of Machu Picchu.  I could hardly watch outside the bus window as we climbed higher and higher with no guard rails.  Once to the top we went in and...were speechless at how beautiful it was.  There are few words to describe it.  Besides being huge, much bigger than you would imagine, it was empty.  We choose a great time to go as it is low season and few people were visiting.  We meant our guide and walked around for a few hours listening to how awesome this place really is.  It is just amazing how smart and advanced the Inca's were. 
 
Now if you look at any picture of Machu Picchu, you'll see a large mountain in the background.  Although we didn't do the 4 day Inca Trail, we did climb to the very top of that mountain!  Seeing MP from the sky is the most wonderful thing I've ever seen.  It was so hard to climb it with being at such a high altitude.  Not only was it hard, but I was scared to death when I realized there were few spots with rails.  I couldn't stop thinking how if this was in the US it would probably never be legal to climb this or at least they would make it safe.  But that's the fun of traveling.  So we climbed and climbed.  It didn't help that it was raining most of the time and I was freaking myself out about how slippery the rocks would be on our way down.  When we got to the top (or what I thought was the top) we saw you had to crawl through a cave and still up higher.  The pictures we have are not from the very top as it was raining and the very top consisted of 3 enormous rocks piled on top of each other - we needed our hands and not our camera.  Unfortunately when we returned to the main Machu Picchu area, it started to clear up - if only a hour sooner. 
 
For the next few hours we wondered around the ruins.  Like I said before, you don't realize how big MP is.  You could spend an entire day wondering around just one section of MP that you don't see in the postcards.  It was amazing. 
 
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bjagels
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WOW
I would have been WAY too scared to climb that mountain if it was as slippery and as steep as it sounds! But it sounds like it was worth it. Glad that you guys are safe and having a good time. I'm enjoying reading your entries! Love you, Bethany

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