Peru: Travelling through the mountains to Machu Picchu
It is spectacular travelling by mini bus up through the mountains to Machu Picchu. Took around 9 hours to get there from Cusco, by road, by rail and then dinner. The road at times is rough and you are on the edge of the cliff, wrong calculation and no safety rails.
Machu Picchu: The city is a complex of over 200 dwellings, most of them houses, some of them interesting temples. You will also see caves, a park, agricultural terraces, waterways, fountains, a rock quarry (where the construction materials were extracted). The entrance is just below the agricultural terraces and you will enter to the city from slightly higher ground. Behind the main parts of the city you will notice the high abrupt cliff, which is called Huayna Picchu or Waynapicchu. You can even climb up to Huayna Picchu. From there, you can admire the wonderful view over Machu Picchu from above!
“Machu Picchu” means “Old Peak”, “Huayna Picchu” means “Young Peak”. It is probably the most beautiful ancient city in the World! The views are spectacular, the layout of the city on top of the flattened plateau is unusual. Remote, yet well-placed. It is one of humanity’s greatest wonders, it’s on UNESCO’s World Heritage List and has been voted one of the New 7 Wonders of the World! UNESCO placed it on its World Heritage List in 1983 and in 2007 it has been voted into one of the 7 New Wonders of the World! The only intact Inca city in the World! The conquistadores never found it, so it remained unharmed… Machu Picchu has the only sacred Intihuatana Stone that wasn’t destroyed and all of its buildings have remained untouched.