Peru is synomonous with Machu Picchu, the famous Inca site located over 2000 meters above sea level nestled above the sacred valley and looking down on the meandering Urumbawa river. Departing from nearby Cusco is the general route to local village, Agreas Calientes. February is rainy season and is actually the month where the Inca trail is closed, I didnt mind I got the train to Agreas Calientes and a bus up to the site! Am I cheating? maybe, however this is one of the most visited tourist attractions in the world and the "hike" up didnt really pose any major attraction for me. In fact, it was pretty crowded when I went and cant imagine what its like in peak season. In fact, I would suggest to certainly not visit this site near peak season. Either way, this wonder really lived up to its name, just like the Taj Mahal did and we were lucky that we got a damn fine day to view it in all its glory.
The Inca ruins are really impressive. The village is built on a ridge so layers or steps of ground are created to allow a suitable platform for living and agriculture. A clever water network is incorporated and the buildings made to withstand earthquakes and even tell the time based on shadows. A clever bunch these guys! An extra cost to the Machu Picchu entrance is admission to Huayanu Picchu and/or Machu Picchu mountain. Only 400 can enter Huayanu Picchu per day so I missed out however I was fine with paying the lesser price for admission to the more vertically challenging Machu Picchu mountain. The views from up there are incrediblte albeit at the extreme pounding of your heart at high altitude.
This place is beautiful, seriously and can totally understand the large tourist influx every year.
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