MACHU PICCHU

Jan 3, 2016by tracey Comments

 

By the time we got to Machu Picchu it was pouring.   Don’t ask me why but I had not remotely prepared for this. I knew it was the rainy season. I didn’t know how close to the Amazon we really were. I didn’t calculate the details well at all.

So, we got off the train in a downpour and the first thing I bought was hats. You notice he is in a blazer and I’m in a leather jacket. So not the right fashion choices for the situation.

singing in the rain

 

We then took this very twisty, turny bus ride up a mountain that took us to our hotel, which happens to be the only hotel right up at the top of the site. It’s like staying at the entrance to Disneyland if you are going to spend your days in the park.  That part I had planned well.

The Sanctuary Lodge. I grabbed this off the web as my shot got erased.
The Sanctuary Lodge. I grabbed this off the web as my shot got erased.
Our room. It was a real lodge. There is some falseness in advertising. They have one room that looks at the main mountain, they lead you to believe all rooms do. Not!
Our room. It was a real lodge. There is some falseness  in advertising.  They lead you to believe that all the rooms look directly into Machu Picchu.  Though truth is they have only one room that looks at the main mountain and you can see it from the hot tub.

Once we got there we didn’t waste any time. Luis said get ready and we will go hike. The rain did not seem to deter him in the least.

Entrance to Machu Picchu. I took this from outside our hotel room.
Entrance to Machu Picchu. I took this from outside our hotel room.

But the second problem we had was we are not hikers and we had not packed for hiking either.

I had jeans and sneakers.  We had no rain gear, no backpack, nothing. So Taylor and I ran to the gift shop and picked up whatever we could find that might work. They did not have much. They didn’t even have sweatshirts.  I did get the last four rain ponchos as there had clearly been a run on them that day.  It took a bit of prodding to get Lucy to put hers on.

Once we were quasi outfitted we headed in.

Heading in. This gives you an idea of how foggy it was.
Heading in. This gives you an idea of how foggy it was.
I was worried that we would not be able to really see it properly. Traveled all that way to see it shrouded in heavy fog and through rain.
I was worried that we would not be able to really see it properly. Traveled all that way to see it shrouded in heavy fog and through rain.

Machu Picchu is now one the Seven New Wonders of the World. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  They are very strict about how  many people get in. They issue only 2500 tickets per day.   To put it in perspective on a really busy day Disneyland in Orlando has up to 70,000 people; A quiet day there sees 40,000.

So, you have to book in advance and you are not allowed in without showing  your passport, you have to book and reserve place for which mountain you want to climb.  There is no spur of the moment adventures where Machu Picchu is concerned.

As clichéd as it sounds, words do not describe the experience. And if I try and put it into words they will all be clichéd.  It takes your breath away – that is pathetic, but it does, in more ways than one. Lack of oxygen and the breadth and beauty of it all.  It’s other worldly. That’s just lame sounding – but it’s true.  It emanates an earthly spirituality, that has nothing to do with religion, but transports you to a place of peace and calm – again, a feeble attempt at transmitting what it feels like to stand in the midst of this ancient Incan…part of the mystery is also no one still does not know what it actually was. Was it a weekend retreat for the Incan Emperors? Was it village for the elites of the time?  The popular explanation at the moment is that it might have been a regional capital for one of the four districts that made up the Incan Empire.
Whatever it was – it is one of the most breathtaking places I have ever seen.

And in this case pictures do tell a much better story than words.

The mountains looked like this.
The mountains looked like this.
Now she had a reason not to smile, foggy, cold, rainy and she couldn't see the sight very well.
Now she had a reason not to smile, foggy, cold, rainy and she couldn’t see the site very well.
But we made the best of it.
But we made the best of it.
It looked like this. Which was still pretty amazing.
It looked like this. Which was still pretty amazing.
Fog started to lift.
Then the fog started to lift a little.
We decided Glenn kind of looked like Woody Allen in his rain/hiking get up.
We decided Glenn kind of looked like Woody Allen in his rain/hiking get up.
The Poncho Family....
The Rainbow Connection
And then, like magic it just started to evaporate.
And then, like magic the fog just started to evaporate.
And suddenly it was totally clear.
And suddenly it was totally clear.
And not only could we see it, due to the bad weather and the fact the day was ending, we had the place practically to ourselves.
And not only could we see it, due to the bad weather and the fact the day was ending, we had the place practically to ourselves.

 

almost sun - 1

3windows - 1

literally - 1
Look at that it’s literally empty

 

 

just good - 1

sunny and empty - 1

 

empgy park lifting fog - 1

just good - 1

fun at the top - 1

Yes, we had cell service up there.
Yes, we had cell service up there.

another view - 1

rocks - 1

room - 1

machu pichu 1 - 1

 

I zoomed this one. This girl was standing on the ledge doing what we have no idea. One slip and it would have been all over for her.
I zoomed this one. This girl was standing on the ledge doing what – we have no idea. One slip and it would have been all over for her.

 

 

I love this woman. She was super loud, dressed totally inappropriately and took endless selfies with her selfie stick.
I love this woman. She was super loud yelling at her friend and there is a big echo there. She was dressed totally inappropriately and took endless selfies with her selfie stick.
This is the other side of the top of the ridge.
This is the other side of the top of the ridge.
Temple of the Sun.
Temple of the Sun.
This is Huayna Picchu the highest mountain there that people actually climb. This trip was offered to us. We declined.
This is Huayna Picchu the highest mountain there that people actually climb. This trip was offered to us. We declined.
They make it to the top. Or most of them do.
They make it to the top. Or most of them do.

day 2 - 1

Fog started to come back. We bagged to out on climbing one of the mountains, but we decided to go back the next morning.
Fog started to come back. We bagged to out on climbing one of the mountains, but we decided to go back the next morning.
One last look on the way out.
One last look on the way out.
There were llamas there too.
There were llamas there too.
One more look - it's getting that much foggier.
One more look – it’s getting that much foggier.
Heading out.
Heading out. But we made a plan to come back the next morning.
Showing us the way out.
Showing us the way out.
Outside our room. Our room is in the middle.
Outside our room. Our room is in the middle.
This is what you see from the hotel if you make the effort.
This is what you see from the hotel if you make the effort.
Good Morning Machu Picchu. Since we decided not to take any of the hikes offered we chose to just go back to the sight.
Good Morning Machu Picchu. Since we decided not to take any of the hikes offered we chose to just go back to the site.
The weather was so nice the next morning we didn't need any rain gear. Ponchos got left in the room...forever.
The weather was so nice the next morning we didn’t need any rain gear. Ponchos got left in the room…forever.
Since we were not hiking the plan was to hike higher on the sight.
Since we were not hiking the plan was to hike higher on the sight. This was on the way up.
Looking down and we could see the river.
Looking down and we could see the river.

didnt need rain gear - 1 (1)

You can see it's more crowded. But the time we left it was packed.
You can see it’s more crowded. But the time we left it was packed.
It was a steep climb and we did the sissy one.
It was a steep climb and we did the sissy one.
me in gog - 1
Even in the nice weather you are still up in the clouds. Sometimes you can’t tell what is fog or what are clouds. Those are clouds.
Horsing around.
Horsing around.

from hight - 1

good shot - 1

Selfies on the mountain.
Selfies on the mountain.

us - 1

 

The full Machu.
The full Machu.
Family Shot
Parting Family Shot