Sunday, February 20, 2011

Day 45/46/47 - Puno - Cusco (Macha Picchu)

Day 45 - After getting woken up at 5am by other travellers I decided to get on the road early. In hindsight i had underestimated the distance and time it would take to get to Cusco. The weather was foul, wind and constant rain. I think the roads in Peru are the worst so far in south america, pot holes that would swallow the motorbike given the chance, speed bumps in random locations, not good. In all it took 7 hours to get to Cusco, arriving cold and fed up. As I was trying to navigate the streets a motorbike cop puled alongside and asked if i needed help, i explained i was looking for somewhere to stay in the centre of the old town, with this information he told me to follow him, in the traffic jams he turned on the sirens to get us passed. As we got to the centre he actually had to work and sped off. Finding somewhere to stay i immediately booked the Macha Picchu tour for the following morning, this involved a 4am start!

the policeman

Day 46 - Macha Picchu - it is quite incredible. The 4am Start was a struggle, the bus took us from Cusco to Urubamba, Where we got a train to Macha Picchu, followed by a bus up the mountain to ruins. Macha Picchu is amazing, unfortunately it was raining and cloudy, for this reason i decided not to do the hike up to Wayna Picchu. 
Built in the 1500's by the Inkas is was deserted after about 100 years with only 70% of the city built. It was rediscovered in 1912. No one actually knows what Macha Picchu was built for, thou there are lots of theories, which are guide explained. The construction, engineering and architecture is amazing. Thou i didn't get so see the whole view i could imagine that it would be breathtaking.

Day 47 - Cusco - day of rest and recuperation. Cusco is a beautiful city even with the rain and has a very european feel (Spanish influence) and a designated a world heritage site by UNESCO. well worth a visit, as a bonus I got to eat Guinea Pig!

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