Salkantay part 4/Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is theorized as the vacation home of the Incan King, built in the 15th century.  Machu Picchu also is home to some regular Incan folks.  The construction is out of time and superb.  The idea of duality is fully featured in their building design: summer solstice, winter solstice.  Their building is built to fully recognize date and direction by the way the incans observed the sun. The Incan buildings honored puma, condor and snake, the three sacred Incan animals. The city of Machu Picchu fully utilizes terraces as means of irrigation and as means of stable building on a mountain. Machu Picchu was never finished building and the conquesadors never really found it. I don’t know why Machu Picchu was built so high, maybe it’s because the Incans tried to outrun the malaria disease or maybe they want to be near their god.

4AM of that morning, everyone went out to the gate bridge of Machu Picchu. There was one objective on everyone’s mind, get there before sunrise. The bus is expensive, therefore we chose to walk up the stairs and why not, we have already walked all this way. Once the gate opened at 5 AM, everyone started walking. There were many stairs and it took more than an hour. Didn’t know I could climb anymore but I made it to the entrance right behind the Spaniards. There we saw the sun emerge above the mountains and the rays touch down on the ruins.

Jorgito took us around and gave us historical details of the site. I learned that you can’t jump around or climb Machu Picchu buildings which was a bucket list for me. However, I did sneak in a handstand pic before I was almost kicked out.

Wayna Picchu was sold out, but we have tickets to Montana behind Machu Picchu, another hour long climb of stone steps. At this point, all motivations of climbing was gone, and we took the slowest pace to get up there. Once we got up there, photos were taken and everyone just sat around and sat around.

You can see Wayna Picchu and and ruins in the background.
After we came down from Montana, everyone decided to go to the inka bridge instead of the sun gate due to its relative easier route. The inka bridge resembles my drive way: as in if I want to build a moat, and needed a bridge for my car, the inka bridge is it.

As you can see, it is just a bunch of wood planks on a stone edge. After a lot more rests, we finally went to find some llamas.
I love llamas, they are gentle and beautiful creatures that resemble a deer and a giraffe at the same time. Their furs are like dreads unwashed in years. When you pat a Llama, dust sure is to fly out.

After everyone had their photo opportunities with the llamas, we went down the mountain. A thousand steps later, we arrived back at Aguas Caliente again. We had a shitty dinner, and watched Argentina destroy Paraguay in the town square. Then we waited for the train and bus where I slept through all of them on our way back to Cuzco.
The next day we all had a crazy night at the whitest bar playing the whitest music to cap off a successful trek. Then it was our time for cartagena in 3AM in the morning.


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