Day 5: Aguas Calientes – Machu PichhuYou have to start very early today. You should leave your hotel/hostel by 4:30-5:00 AM and queue at the entrance gate of Machu Pichhu. Then a walk up the 2000 Inca steps awaits you! Once you are there, your guide will explain all the aspects of the famous ruins. I would also suggest you to explore Machu Picchu on your own. Machu Picchu was built in 15th century and was the citadel as well as the religious site of the Inca leaders. You must have read and seen innumerable pictures of the place, but seeing it is person is simply breathtaking.
The Inca Trail combines a stunning mix of Inca ruins, mountain scenery, lush cloud-forest and rich subtropical jungle. We hiked for 4 days along this ancient, scenic path to the ancient site of Machu Picchu. The hike is challenging, but the trail is as incredible as Machu Picchu itself.
But thanks to the super hit film “Robot”, in which Rajnikanth shakes a leg with Aishwarya Rai on top of Machu Pichhu for a popular song inappropriately titled“Kilimanjaro”, Indians have started to realize the potential of this great archaeological site. I traveled from Lima, the capital of Peru to Cusco Cityby flight. The flight lasting approximately 75 minutes offers breathtaking view of the snow capped Andes mountain range below.Once you reach Cusco, a small town located at a height of 3,400 meters above sea level, altitude sickness could take a heavy toll on human body due to lack of oxygen.
On the last day of the trip I started rather early to enjoy the sunrise over the much spoken about citadel of Machu Picchu. This magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Site is a 15th-century Inca site located 2,430 meters above sea level. It is often referred to as "Lost City of the Incas” but still somehow manages to be one of the most well recognized icons of Inca civilization.
I sat there waiting for the curtain of mist to draw away, so I could get that one picture of the majestic Machu Pichu, but ofcourse the most sought after Peruvian destination plays hard to get. And rightly so – tons of people flock to Peru every year to hike to these beautiful Incan ruins in Cuzco. The stone Incan houses made to perfection, the beautiful terraces and temples, all of it surrounded by tall Andean mountains: it is a sight worth seeing.