A Magical Place!
01.08.2009 - 03.08.2009 20 °C
Since we are currently in Peru´s high season, we were told that in order to Hike Waynapicchu, we would need to either get in line early enough to catch the first bus up to the ruins, or hike up on our own, to be there before the first bus. Since both would mean getting up at 3:30 am, we decided that if we were going to get up that early, we would hike up and make sure to get a spot in line. So we awoke in the wee hours of the morning, to find that there were lots of tour groups finishing off their last day (and hardest day) so we wouldn´t be alone, climbing the painful 800 and some stairs in the dark, at an ungodly hour high above sea level. Luckily, the strenuous hike kept us sweating, and so we didn´t have a chance to feel the cold. So about an hour and 10 min (around 5:10 am), got us to the entrance of Machu Picchu. Cheers were had by all! The sun was just coming up, and already, there were over 100 people in line. We were definitely in the first 200 so we knew we`d get our pick up Waynapicchu; the tall mountain overlooking all of the ruins of Machu Picchu, and also the famous mountain in the photos.
So at 6:00am, the doors opened, and there we were, our goal accomplished, running accross the magical city to get in line, once again, for tickets up Wyanapichhu. We made it!! 10am, and we would be on our way up. So we spent the few hours we had in between hikes, marvelling over the sunrise and this astonishing lost city. This place, is truly magical! So peaceful, and it seems as if a sense of calmness simply levitates over the entire area. Encapsulated by four ¨protective¨mountains, the history and theories behind all of it is immense. We decided rather than paying for a tour guide, we would tag along with other groups as they came and went. Easier than we thought, and we got all the details we needed! Absolutely magnificent, it´s not a place you can put in to words, or even in to pictures, it´s a feeling you get when you´re there, Wonderfully Amazing!
So we made what felt like an easy hike up Waynapicchu compared to our first hike, just in time to have lunch and truly enjoy the splendid scenery. It was tough to even leave the mountain but we knew there was lots more exploring to do. So we headed back down to enjoy each individual part of the ruins. The Garden house, the main temple, 3 windows, the Sun Rock (a rock that helps them keep a calendar of season and dates, along with its similarity to the surrounding 4 mountains), the main square, sacred rock, condor temple, plus much more. History, upon theories of it being not only a lost city, but possibly a univeristy or a school due to the high numbers of female mummies they originally found. Incroyable!
So by 4:30pm, after most tourist had gone, we were able to take a few more pictures and reluctantly leave Machu Picchu, this time by bus. We spent the evening over mexican food, and good night sleep after our early morning rise. It was up again, the next day for our 8am train ride back to Aguas to catch another bus to Ollanta and then back to Cusco. Our train ride was filled with entertainment from a traditional dancer, to even a fashion show! They sure know what the tourist want at 8am in the morning
But a wonderful time we had, through the Sacred Valley and in Beautiful Macchu Picchu!! Highly recommended for anyone and everyone!