Rachel & Machu Picchu…. Rachu Picchu … !?
Ha i have no idea why i started with pocket monsters.The first time i heard about Machu Picchu was from high school. This amazing scnene was on the cover of our geography text book. For me, Machu Picchu is full of mysteries and unreachable. This place can only been seen in movies or the animations.How can I give up this amazing chance to visit there!?
Actually, I kinda gave up my whole trip due to busy schedule and laziness. Before the flight to Seattle, I still had no idea how to travel in Peru, ALONE.
Fortunately, my peer just went there last summer. He kindly came to help and shared his experience, traffic route and hostels.
Get lost in this lost city …
Feb is the raining season in Peru. As I arrived, it rained like HELL. I was standing in the rain and thinking..
“What the hell am I doing here.!! Pay so much money and efforts, but the mountain and the whole city was covered with these fog.”
However, before i finished my complaint, the sun came out suddenly and unveiled the silk mask covered.
How to get there?
There is a small town called Aguas Calientes, which is the closest access point. Within lots of hotel and restaurants, most of the travellers will stay a nite here for Machu Picchu trip.
Train is served by Inca Rail or PeruRail, from Cusco, Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu( Aguas Calientes). Since the ticket is quite expensive, most people will take train from Ollantayambo instead of Cusco. For foreigners, the cheapest one way ticket is around 60 USD. However, the price may be higher depends on the season and class. I strongly recommend to book the ticket on internet in advance to save some time.
So.. how about the traffic between Cusco and Ollantaytambo? There are cheap taxi or shuttle bus in between, only 10 soles. Except this, since another spots called Sacred Valley is also around there. You can also join a day tour from Cusco to Ollantaytambo, and take the train there.
My route was…FYI
Cusco -> Sacred valley tour -> Ollantaytambo -> Inca Rail -> Machu Picchu (Aguas Calientes) -> stay 1 nite-> bus -> Machu Picchu -> bus-> Inca Rail -> Ollantaytambo -> Taxi -> Cusco.
You can also go hiking there. But the rail is closed in Feb, what a good reason to be lazy. 😛
What to see?
Machu Picchu is the evidence of the Inca Empire. This city is hidden high in the eastern slopes of Andes and also covered with tropical forests of the upper Amazon Basin. Within this dramatic location, the city is guarded against Spanish’s conquered and preserved Inca’s tremendous effort well until now.
You can still see palaces, temples and home of Inca in this lost city. Buildings, wall and ramps. There were no iron, steels, and wheels during the time Machu Picchu was built. And they are lacked of high-tech and knowledge we had now for sure.
When standing there and seeing those buildings and architectures, I was so impressed by their skills and those achievements.However, there are no written languages in Inca to record how they build this. It is like a big mystery Inca left to the world.
What to eat
Well.. there are many restaurants for Peruvian food for sure. For breakfast, most hostel will serve bread, fruit, corns with milk and Coca leaves tea. Peruvian has used it as a mild stimulant to suppress hunger and pain for centuries. They believe that by chewing or drinking as tea, it help to combat altitude sickness and make them stronger.
Btw, I got a huge banana and corn with XXL size on the way there. Kinda funny ..lol
My final note..
My roommate who stayed below me in Machu Picchu hostel was a woman from New Zealand. We talked a lot during the short time staying together. The next day morning, I said goodbye to her after our breakfast and went to Machu Picchu alone. As I came back to the hostel in Cusco the next day. We met again!! She slept below me this time again. Except that, we even brought the same novels to travel – Ken Follett. OMG..too many coincidences ! 😀
And I also made friend with a cute Peruvian girl on the train back from Machu Pichhu. She is only 13 years old. I am freaking old next to her.lol She can barely speak English , but with google translate we still had lots of fun on the train.
” I can’t speak english well, but let’s talk with smile.”