Holy cow! This place is simply incredible…a majestic city hidden in the clouds. I had to stop and sit down to take it all in…not only the organic architecture built by the Incas, but also the breathtaking mountain range around it. Beauty as far as the eye can see…perfection.
We were gifted by “pachamama” with a very special opportunity…we saw a baby lama being born this morning! That was very exciting. The baby drops to the floor and all the other lamas gather around with curiosity. The newly born is cleaned by the mom whose placenta hangs around for a while…very fascinating experience.
We got up at 4:30 am to catch a bus to the entrance of Machu Picchu in hopes of seeing the sunrise. The location of Machu Picchu (bordering the Amazon rainforest) gives it a semi-tropical climate, this means unpredictable rain and dense clouds. We got to see the sun’s reflection through the clouds and then the view cleared up…wow!
We met our guide, Guido, at 8 am and set off to explore sacred temples and important sites of the city. We had the occasional lama join us from time to time. The end of our guided tour brought us to the entrance of Waynapicchu, a mountain peak at about 2,800 meters above sea level…yeah, not fun. The steps make you hold on to dear life…great work out though. I have never been in a situation where slipping or a missed step could mean the difference between life and death.
The hike up the mountain was challenging but rewarded us with amazing views of Machu Picchu, the mountains and the Urubamba river. Coming down was scary as heck! Good news is, we made it. Definitely an adventure we could not miss out on.
The afternoon brought us back to Aguas Calientes where we enjoyed ‘lomo saltado’ and a refreshing glass of ‘cuzqueña’. We finally got to watch a soccer match, Brazil vs. Mexico…it was a tie. Not sure we will get to see Colombia play while we are on the road but we have definitely enjoyed the greetings and good wishes everyone gives us…wearing our Colombian shirts has been a good idea.
Our trip back to Cuzco was 4 hours long as we missed our train stop. We will spend our last night ‘en la Cordillera de los Andes’ and head to our next adventure in the morning…Quito, Ecuador.
Yo amo Sur America…y Garrett parece estarse enamorando tambien 🙂