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MACHU PICCHU, PERU ...Y Hidden away in the Urubamba Valley, Machu Picchu was never discovered by the Spanish conquistadors. That was by Inca design. The Incas built the city so that it could not be seen from ground level, nestled on a saddle created by the two mountains, Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu. Machu Picchu is commonly referred to as "the Lost City of the Incas" and was voted as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
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On my first visit to Machu Picchu (oh, so long ago) there were not so many restrictions, costs or tourists. Do I even need to say things had changed?  Tourism and tourist dollars (okay, Peruvian Soles) found their way to Machu Picchu and it would never be the same. Around 2,500 explorers find their way to Machu Picchu daily. There is a hotel atop the mountain. When I stayed there, I walked in without a reservation and got a room for $35 a night. Rooms there now cost a thousand dollars a night! Obviously, I didn't stay there again.
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In the past, most people made day trips from Cusco.  They arrived around nine in the morning and left at three.  If you stayed in the area, it was calm for a few hours before and after the hoards finished day-tripping. Now, a huge amount of people stay in a nearby village, Aguas Calientes, and Machu Picchu is crowded all day long.
 
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My absolute favorite moment on my first visit was sunrise at the Intihuatana, a sundial that managed to not be destroyed by those very Catholic Spanish conquistadors. I sat on top of the sundial, alone, and watched the sun peek over the Andes Mountains. That was then. Now, the "Hitching Post of the Sun" is roped off. You aren't even supposed to touch it.
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The Intihuatana without me at sunrise.........
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