Thursday, January 31, 2008

and finally MacchuPicchu

5th day finally got to see MP. Went ahead and hiked up there rather than taking the bus, getting up at 4 to begin the hour and a half hike that went up probably a good 1000 meters, covering 5km or so. Wasn´t easy but after having had a fairly easy day the day before I was ready for it.

Hmm, what is there to say about it? It is one of the ´New 7 Wonders of the World´. Seems well deserving of the honor. I wondered why the Incas built the city up there in the middle of one really knows for sure. Seems incredible that it was ´lost´for so long, being rediscovered in the early part of the last century. And some of the architecture was quite impressive...the way they fit the stone blocks together without any type of mortar and slightly leaned the walls inward to make them more resistant to earthquakes. Most of the little temples inside the city had to so with the seasons and solstices since the Incas worshiped the sun.

MP is a fairly big place so you can tramp around in there all day. Also, there are several little hikes to areas on the outskirts of MP that you can do to see a Sun Gate, Inca Bridge, or HuaynaPicchu (the steep hill in the background of the classic MP photo.

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