Day 168 – At last: Machu Picchu
2009/02/25 § Leave a comment
After an early rise before sunrise we made it up to the top of Machu Picchu. We cheated however, we took the bus. If you are not keen on just walking up a ridiculous amount of stairs that is what I would recommend. The walk up to the actual ruins of Machu Picchu is as close to a natural experience as Heinecken is to beer- kinda not at all.
Once up there one cannot help but being impressed with the skills of the builders of the place and the size of it all. To build something like this place that high up in the mountains must have required tremendous determination and efforts.
After an informative tour which again highlighted the fact which big A-holes the Spaniards were when they made it here, we were left to our own devices in order to risk our lives by trying to climb one of the mountains around in order to get a better view from a bird eye perspective.
Wayna Picchu is the smaller mountain to be conquered while hardly anyone climbs the higher Machu Picchu. But once there why not get my behind up there I thought. Right. If you are about to do it be sure to take it easy. At least in the raining season the 500 years old and slippery stairs seem to be the mountains way to tell you to stay the hell of his back.
I fell of at a place where plants stopped my flight. Else you could find yourself a couple of hundred meters in free fall, just to be found in pieces. However, the view is stunning and being able to say that you climbed Machu Picchu should be worth something in itself too, right? 😉
Verdict: great place. A shame so many other people have noticed that too…