A visit to one of the seven wonders
Thu 2 Jul 2009 - Mon 6 Jul 2009
After days of analyzing tours from the hundreds of tour agencies in Cuzco, we decide to head out on our own to the famed Inka capital, Machu Picchu, situated up the Urubamba valley from Cuzco, Peru. Named one of the seven wonders of the world, we are prepared for crowds but are surprised by the unknown.
This alternative DIY route includes:
A 5 hour bus ride through the high altitude dry valley and then over a high barren pass where, amazingly, the small stature of Inka descendants appear out of nowhere tending alpaca;
A dramatic drop down steep switchbacks to Santa Maria, a little town in the jungle, after having a dinner break on the side ofhte road where the bus passengers scatter to pee, and then gobble down Chifa (chinese) food off of plastic plates in plastic bags;
A late night hour taxi ride, with us in the backseat of a mini station wagon squuezed between a campesina women