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Machu Picchu!

Once more we were baaaad backpackers: the scenic train to Aguas Calientes (also known as Machu Picchu Pueblo) is the most luxury way to get to Machu Picchu but its worth every penny 😉 While travelling you can see the change in landscape and vegetation. The village of Aguas Calientes lies in a deep gorge below the ruins of Machu Picchu. Therefore, it’s a good idea to have an overnight stay for having an early access to Machu Picchu.

We got up at 5:00 am (!!!) in order to catch the bus before 6:00 am. This ancient city wasn’t discovered until the early 20th and its actual purpose and function is still a matter of speculation. But what is known for sure: The location is one of the most spectacular we have seen on our whole trip! When we arrived at Machu Picchu there were some other people already therefore we decided to start the real hike to Machu Micchu Mountain. It’s a steep path with loooots of stairs. Hiking the 700m altitude difference took us around 1,5 hour. Arriving at the top we got rewarded with an amazing view of Machu Picchu and Wayna Picchu (the mountain in the back of Machu Picchu). But also the surrounding landscape with its snow covered mountains is breathtaking. We enjoyed the view for almost two hours 😉 Machu Picchu exceeded our expectation’s and we spend the full day exploring the ruins.


Amazing landscape on the wayIMG_3092

Aguas Callente situated in the valley below Machu PicchuIMG_3119

First glimps of Machu Pichu in the morning04_Panorama IMG_3140

Climbing Machu Picchu Mountain turned out to be one hell of a staircaseIMG_3171 IMG_3188 IMG_3191 IMG_3200

View from the top (buttom center you see Machu Picchu)03_PanoramaIMG_3212 IMG_3217

The Inca bridgeIMG_3253

A lady freaked out while Niels was climbing to the edge of the cliff - her comments made everyone laugh their asses offIMG_3265 IMG_3274 IMG_3280 IMG_3311IMG_3361

Our new "friendly" friendsIMG_3331

He tried to kiss NielsIMG_3346

Pretending to be friendsIMG_3348 IMG_3352

The night before visiting Machu Picchu some professional Jenga gaming went on!IMG_2109

Sacred Valley of the Inca Empire

The Sacred Valley (Valle Sagrado) is packed with Inca sites and high-altitude Andean villages. It consist of different places between Pisac and Ollantaytambo, starting about 15 km north of Cusco. Eva took a day-trip as Niels has already seen it 4 years ago.

Pisac Ruins with a great climb up through terraces and massive stone walls01_PanoramaIMG_2994IMG_2979IMG_2991IMG_3020

On the way to Ollantaytambo IMG_2964Panorama1

Ollantaytambo ruins are built up on a mountain with steep terraces guarding the Inca complex04_PanoramaIMG_3004 IMG_3016  IMG_3023 IMG_3030

Traditional production of clothes and coloringIMG_2939IMG_3039IMG_3049

Hungry yet? Guinea pigs are on the menu in PeruIMG_3040

Peruvian version of a Lassi?IMG_2962

Sunset on the way backIMG_3032

Cusco 3400 meter

Cusco is one of the major spots when visiting Peru, because its within day tour distance to the biggest attraction: Machu Picchu. The so called “lost city” of the Incas. The city is on an altitude of around 3.200m. But Cusco has more to offer than only being a stop over. It was once the Inca empires capital, has beautiful colonial buildings, archaeological sits, massive Inca-built walls on steep and narrow cobblestone streets, plazas and great restaurants. Moreover, we found a massage salon called Ajna. Yarit the owner is half the size of Eva but holy sh** she is strong 😉

Plaza de Armas (next 4 pics)01 04 03 02

Balcones Coloniales05
Panorama view of Cusco07

Inca-built walls on steep and narrow cobblestone streets08

Further impressions of Cusco and surrounding121508a14 11 10 09
Our great Dragon Fly Hostel16

Visiting the Chocolate Museum and having an absolute chocolate overkill18 17

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