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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.
The most important remnant of the Inca Empire, Machu Picchu is a lot like poetry in stone. Embraced by a tropical mountain forest from both sides with the Peruvian Andes and the Amazonian Basin acting like two colossal, intimidating guards, this UNESCO World Heritage site stands some 2500 meters above sea level. The landscape of this 15th century marvel is a wonderful blend of terraces, temples, ramps, palaces and walls and the many llamas circling the pathways amplify the exclusivity of the atmosphere. With the Urubamba River flowing swiftly below, the ruins of Machu Picchu are as dramatic as they are mysterious. Every step you take while trekking through its winding trails is a glorious discovery and every breath is interspersed with immense joy.
After walking around 3 hours from Aguas Calientes town we arrived to Machu Picchu, the most famous place of the Inca empire.At 7 am we passed away and started to climb Waynapicchu, the mountain everyone see in the typical photo of Machu Picchu. We climbed for a dangerous path and after an hour and a half we made it. We were at the top of Waynapicchu. Then we wait to the clouds disappear, after an hour we could saw the majestic of this sacred place. It is an interesting pov everyone have to try when visit this place. It's worth it.
Every June deep in the Andes mountain range adventurers are given the opportunity to run a 26 or 30 mile race through the heart of the Lost City of the Incas. Of course the hike itself is known to be quite difficult so the run is no walk in the park with the altitude ranging from 8000-14000 feet above sea level! Those who reach the finish line are rewarded with satisfaction of reaching Macchu Picchu!
One of the seven wonders of the world, Machu Picchu is not only interesting because of its location, but also because of its history. A sacred place for the Inca's during the 15th century, it survived the Spanish invasion only to be discovered in 1911. There are many theories around this place too, most of which haven't been proven. Machu Picchu is easily the most visited site in Peru, around 1 million people visited Machu Picchu in 2011. No wonder Aguas Calientes at the foot of the hill thrives on the tourism industry. A two hour hike up on the mountains should take you away from the crowds that center around the Machu Pichu ruins. We got an amazing bird eye's view from one of the mountains after climbing up.
Machu Picchu is the perfect combination of nature and architecture. It is like nothing you've ever seen. The sheer majesty of the ruins on such a great height, balancing on the mountain is inspirational. Machu Picchu was built around 1450 and can be reached by two walking ways. The ruins show existence of a remarkable civilization infused with culture and religion till before the Spanish invaded. This place is said have remained a secret for the outside world till 1911 when American historian Hiram Bingham came here. Numerous stone stairways set in the walls allowed access to the different levels across the site. The view of this historical site is out of this world.
Our third day was the longest day. We hiked 15 km and for about 10 hours. We descended from Winayhuayna and arrived in camp just before night fall and, luck for us, 30 minutes before the all night rainfall. The morning of our fourth day on the Inca trail we woke up at 3:40 am. We had to hurry and get in line for the last check point. Not much later we lined up to find we were pretty close to the front - still the office would not open until 5:30 am so we waited. Once the office opened the line went quick and we were off on another 2 hour hike to the Sun Gate. We began the short descent toward Machu Picchu stopping along the way, just below the clouds, for our first glance at Machu Picchu. Seeing it from above with the clouds seeming to clear even more sparked our excitement again. We made it to Machu Picchu all stacked up like dominoes with all the other trail groups. It was definitely more hectic than we expected, crowded like a normal tourist attraction but we waited our turn and finally got a group shot with that "postcard background" of our own. Machu Picchu feels much more special when you put yourself in the shoes of the Incas and gives you a different perspective as you stand on the sacred grounds viewing out over what it left of the strong temples and terraces on this high and mighty mountain surrounded by pristine jungle.