Almost speechless !!!
23.11.2008 - 23.11.2008 23 °C
(Writing this a few days after Sunday 22nd and Im still gob smacked by how impressive it was !!!)
Really didnt think I wouldve been as impressed as I was with Machu Picchu - and now cant stop thinking about the fact that I didnt really even want to do MP or Peru to start with, could easily have missed them out !!! Doesnt bear thinking about
I have never seen anything like this before, EVER !!!
We headed up just after 6am to try and avoid the crowds - and Percy, our guide gave us a brilliant tour for about three hours. Now I know everyone says these organisedtour guides are a waste of money but I have to say I would have been wandering around lost if it wasnt for good old Percy - feel like I learnt so much more having him with us, couldnt have imagined doing it alone. Luck continued to shine on us in the shape of the wather - it was just a perfect day; my only grumble wouldve been about my sore legs from yesterdays little trek. By teh end of the day I could hardly walk.
Cant really describe how amazing Machu Picchu was - all I can say is you really need to see it for yourselves.
Thankfully we missed most of the crowds so it didnt detract from the experience too much. I also succumbed to peer pressure and did the hike to Intipunku ( The Sun Gate) which was a struggle with my sore knees but definitely worth it - the views from up there made it all worthwhile. Besides, the 72 year old from my group made it look like a piece of cake so there was no way I was going to wimp out. My camera battery died just as we got to the top so Im relying on fellow travellers to provide me with some photos to prove I made it to the top.
Also met this Canadian guy who was suposoed to be doing the Inca trail but ended up in hospital on an IV drip the day before it was due to start - he'd just gotten out the day before ( Saturday)and hiked up to the Sun Gate as a consolation. Have to say I dont know how he did it - but I take my hat off to him.
Everything else was a bit of an anticlimax really - we had a slow stroll back down, then some lunch in Aguas Calientes before the dreadful train journey home. I so couldnt recommend the train journey home to anyone - it just detracts form the whole experience. There were also some obnoxious Germans behind us who gave Marlene and Graeme a hard time for trying to get their rucksacks down - wasnt nice at all.
Staggered back into our beds at the hotel in Cusco around 10.30pm, with the prosepct of yet another early start tomorrow to travel up to Puno.
Said goodbye to the two Canadians and the lovely English couple who were finishing their tour here in Cusco. That left me once again at the mercy of the Ausies !!!!
Best day so far - cant wait to show folk the photos !!