Discovering the Lost City of Peru

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

Waking up at 5am in our hostel to catch our bus to Machu Picchu wasn't hard. To one side of our hotel was the roaring river of Urubamba and the other side had a railway a few feet out from the building. At 5 am sharp, a rumbling train came down the tracks, waking my boyfriend and me up and terrifying us at the same time. After our lovely wake up call, we walked the dark and deserted streets to the bus station. Catching one of the first buses up the mountain roads, we arrived at Machu Picchu a half hour later. Two of the first people through the gates, we were in the lost city bright and early. A crisp, clear morning, we had uninterrupted views of Machu Picchu's ruins and Huayna Picchu.

The hike up Huayna Picchu was challenging and incredible. The park only lets 400 people a day climb; the first 200 people can climb between 7 and 8 am and the other 200 people can start climbing at 10 am. The Inca’s had built some stone steps but other parts are dirt paths or trails. It’s steep, narrow, twisty path that at most times only one person is going up or down. After the hour or so hike, the view is worth the effort. Looking back down at Machu Picchu, the ruins appear incredibly small and the people are ants. The way the ruins are laid out makes the landscape look like a Condor bird. This hidden city is one of my top favourite historical sites.  Machu Picchu, let alone Peru, is an amazing place to explore.

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About Kait C (88 Articles)
I'm working on see the entire world, one country at a time…31 down, 165 to go. Currently in Berlin.

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