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.
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.
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
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
Intihuatana without me at sunrise.........
2012 by Phillip Martin All rights reserved.