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Conquering Machu Picchu

By Mandy | May 16, 2008

We just returned from a whirlwind adventure to Peru and Ecuador.  It has has been a life dream to see Machu Picchu.  When we heard talk of restricting access or even closing it we knew that we had to get there quick.  The opportunity came to go with a group my dad was taking and so we decided to go and take our  4-year-old son with us.  We made plans and read lots of books including The Last Days of the Incas by Kim MacQuarrie.  We were prepared and couldn’t wait to see this legendary place.

We rode the Perurail train up to Aguas Calientes and checked into our hotel.  We then got on the bus and 20 minutes later we were at the base of Machu Picchu.  It was an incredible sight!  We had a guide for three hours that explained the different uses of the different buildings and the surrounding area.  We then took a 1 1/2 hour hike up to the sun gate.  It was a wonderful view and I definitely recommend it if you have time.

The next morning we decided to hike up Huayna Picchu (the big tall mountain that you see towering over Machu Piccu).  The hike up wasn’t too bad. The stairs weren’t bad and the cables actually helped to pull ourselves up with.  The view was incredible!  Tyler decided that he wanted to see the great cave or the Moon palace.  My sister-in-law and I decided that we would be tough and accompany Tyler down the back side of the mountain.  Hind sight we should have gone back the way we came.  We had to shimmy down super tall ladders and the hike turned ugly from there.  We were so tired that I have to admit I had a bit of a break down.  My fun meter had run our and I still had to hike back up the mountain to find the path that would lead us down to the bus.  Eight miles and a long time later we finally made it down off the mountain.  I treated myself to a Snickers bar and enjoyed every bite!

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