Machu Picchu -- Our Own Experience

Macchu Picchu
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They say pictures are better than a1000 words. However, showing videos of what we saw, felt and sensed, is the most break taking experience of our lives. We traveled to Peru in 2006. We planned to visit Machu Picchu, and probably embark ourselves on an Inca Trail. But we left it for Chuck Norris and Harrison Ford.

The Inca trail is a mythical road on the Andean Mountains. You have to be in good shape to walk those 300-400 miles on treacherous roads that have been almost erased by time. They were built around 1465 A.D. and still can be seen as a legacy from this megalithic Inca Engineering.

6a.m. From Cuzco, way up to the Citadel

The Morning that will never be forgotten

Our trip started in Cuzco Peru. This was the Inca Capital before the Conquistadors arrived in 1532. Our tourist guides would pick us up from the Hotel, very early in the morning as agreed the night before. They did this in order to drive us to the train station and take it from there. The scenery was beyond words; Just think about it, we were as high as 7000 feet. The trip to that realm took us three hours. We witnessed all kind of small fortresses and artificial Terraces called 'Andenes.' South American camels like alpacas, vicunas and even llamas, were roaming the landscape. This was like an experience from 'Narnia.'


The Heart of a citadel built 550 years ago

Macchu Picchu

Built around 1464 and with the 'help' from enslaved workers from Inca's foes and opponent tribes, Machu Picchu had this splendid look that according to scholars and erudite was chosen as a Sacred Fortress by Inca Emperor 'Pachacutec.' Being itself an almost truncated plateau, the site was chosen by hydraulic Engineers and Architects of the time. Rocks and stone beams would be obtained from the highest area, by knowledgeable masons.

Our tourist guide is telling us in the video, that for a fifteen century culture, there was no explanation of their knowledge. If you notice the walls (china walls kind of..), they are not going straight up like in today's constructions...they go inward as they settle their different 'boulder' layers from the supplying bedrock. This was done to get better support, as shown in the Egyptian Pyramids

If they can do it, maybe you can...

COMING BACK, 6.30 PM

After a long trip that started early in the morning, we embarked on this train, that showed us these mountains ridges, that were practically kissing the sky. Some People decided to play poker and other just rest. The air was kind of rare, being practically at 6,700 feet above sea level. We were surprised by a typical dance from the area.

You can hear the music from 'Quenas' and 'Charangos' and its unforgettable sounds. To give you an idea of how the landscape was outside, just imagine a trip from Afghanistan to Pakistan, cutting through mountainous rocks and awesomely watching llamas and rivers waving to us, in an almost imaginary Paradise. We must wonder if Alexander the Great went through all these feelings back in 330 B.C.

Coming back from Machu Picchu

Sacsayhuaman, the fortress that watched over the Capital empire, Cuzco
Sacsayhuaman, the fortress that watched over the Capital empire, Cuzco | Source

Sacsayhuaman at 7 p.m.

After the train reached the boundaries of Cuzco city, We boarded ourselves into a charter Bus. The bus driver was kind enough to stop for a few minutes to let us see another Fortress called Sacsayhuaman. The video shows the lightning on this megalithic construction. Some rocks are as heavy as 25 tons, and you cannot stop thinking...how in the world they did build these marvels?

Sacsayhuaman at night

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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

Thank you so much for sharing your trip with all of us and the videos too! Beautiful! Thumbs up and shared!


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa

OMGosh, this is awesome! So interesting. Wow... what a lovely outing. Indeed a most break taking experience. Awesome videos. Thank you, Lord, for sharing this with us. And I must share this with all my friends down here.

Voted up and terrific!


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Curiad 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

Wow, what an awesome article Martie! I have always wanted to visit Peru and Machu Picchu!

Voted Up!


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SanneL 4 years ago from Sweden

What a trip!! What an amazing experience. This is definitely a trip that will be remembered. Thank you for sharing your fantastic trip with the rest of us. I'm very grateful to Martie as well, who sent me here by sharing. Voted up and awesome!


Sunnie Day 4 years ago

Very interesting! A great job sharing this awesome adventure! Wonderful videos!I was reading stories on my phone today while waiting for an appt..so catching up on all the comments..A great treat!


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ladeda 4 years ago

I'm going to Peru this August, and this Hub just made me even more excited than I already was! Thanks for sharing your experience!


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Curiad 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

I meant to out Thank you Lord De Cross! Just one of those days!


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

this is so awesome.. I have always wanted to go there and visit and explore... your videos and pictures it was like I was there.. thank you for sharing.. voting up and sharing on Facebook

Debbie


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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland

Okay NOW I want to go here! I want to climb and explore and take a train ride :) Can you believe I've never been on a train?! Thanks for sharing your experience with us. I don't get to travel much now but I have a whole list of places I want to see once my kids are a little bigger. For now I can travel to distant places through other people's pictures and videos.

(The guy dancing on the train was a little creepy...was he wearing a dead cat on his back?!)


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

A brilliant huh which I thoroughly enjoyed;here's to so many more for us both to share on here.

Take Care and enjoy your day.

Eddy.


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago Author

@Martie Thanks for the visit. I knew you would enjoy it. The trip was awesoem for sure.

Thanks for commenting, and see you around..


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago Author

Hi AEvans,

Yeah, was the richest experience in years. Thanks for those kudos!


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago Author

Hi There Curiad,

There are packages on the net. Average of 2,000 per person/per week. Thanks for commenting

LORD


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri

This is an awesome travel hub!! Makes me want to go see it! We have been to Chichen Itza. Your pictures and videos reminded me of the trip. It was our 25th anniversary. Thanks for the memories! Great hub!! :-) Votes and shared!


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Candie V 4 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

Peru is one place I would LOVE to go! I agree with many others comments.. great pictures and videos!! Thank you!


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago Author

Hello to all our friends...after taking care of some personal businness, I'm here to answer to your comments"

@Sanel, This was a trip of a lifetime, and we will never forget this memories: The energy of the area. The magnetism of the Citadel and its constructions....Gosh!~Was like going back in time, Thanks!!

@Thanks Sunnie for coming by. This trip was really a treat for us. There so many things left behind, like the mummies they found in 1911, by Hiram Bingham, who rediscovered this site on that year. The videos speak for themselves, Thanks Sunnie!! God Bless!

@Ladeda, if you are going, be ready to walk up 13 floors of Inca steps. The charter bus will take you to the bottom of the Fortress, and you will have to walk up those centennial steps. You will feel better when you reach the top.

@Debbie Brooks, Yes!! You were ther with us. It was like you were on top of that Red Baron 1905 plane. 7,000 feet above the sea level, is quite an adventure. It was raining though.Thanks!

@Ardie, the Dancer was a inpersonation of the Spanish Invaders. The dead cat was a furry Llama doll. The dance was like an Apache ritual that was performed right in front of us. After 15 min, we had a fashion show also. You can travel when your kids get older, of course.

@Eddy, Hi FRIEND! Yes! we are happy for reading you again. The videos are a vivid witnessing event..of a lifetime. Take care!Thanks!

@Susan Holland. The site was abandoned in 1540, when They knew that The Conquerors were looking for the last survivors of that area. The thing is...this fortress is on top of a plateau, meaning, they had control of the access. Eventually some of them died, of diseases brOught by those foreigners. Incas never knew about measles, cholera, or anoother new illness, that came along with the Invaders.

@CandyV,

Yeah, is a place with so much history and fun places. It felt like Indiana Jones was actually there...back in 1938.


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Candie V 4 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

I bet you did! Did you pack your hat and whip?


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago Author

Hi Candie V

Lol! Mentally yeah! But at the moment of truth, It was my back pack with lots of water. You guys, gotta realize that next to the Sacred Fortress ther is a Restaurant, that has a buffet of course.... But here is the Catch, the price: 70 dollars; either you take it, or eat your apples and some peanuts.

LORD


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Suzie HQ 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

Peru is one of my MUST SEE spots, always has been! Thank you for compiling this interesting piece which I really enjoyed! Loved your videos which gave me the sense of being there. Voted and shared :)


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Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

This is one of my dreams. Was going to do it about 14 years ago, but love and marriage got in the way. I'm shooting for my 50th now. Thanks for an awesome hub!


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago Author

Hi SuzieHQ,

Yeah! We were there above the whole world. Just one advise though, There is an area where everyone has to walk up, 15 floors of Inca's stairwell. So, you gotta be ready to take that task before reaching the top of that monumental plateau. Thanks for commenting on this one!

GlimmerTwin Fan,

There are wonderful packages, and it can be found easily on the net. The Tourist guide was kind enough to answer our questions! Macchu Picchu has a magnetism of its own. We are still wondering how did they manage to build that citadel. Thanks for your feedback!

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