Destinations

Best way to explore to Machu Picchu, Peru.

More people than not, have Machu Picchu in their bucket list of places to visit. I was one of them, and luckily, I got the chance to fly out to one of the 7 wonders of the World, two years ago with a group of very special friends.

 

Say “Hello” to the “Machupicchers”.

Ana Beatriz, Tinti, Jona, Ahmed and I traveled to Machu Picchu in April 2015.

Our five-day trip started with a flight from Miami to Peru’s capital, Lima where we spent a night.

Peruvian “orange juice” to last all day.

The following day we flew to Cusco,a city that  was declared a  World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1983 and has become a major tourist destination, hosting nearly 2 million visitors a year. The Historical Capital of Peru is know for its elevation of 3,400 m (11,200 ft) about sea level.

Plaza de Armas in Cusco, Peru.

After sipping plenty coca tea, we were off to explore the Cathedral, Korincacha, Ruinas de Sacsayhuaman, Kenko and the Tombamachay. Our day ended with the panoramic views of Cusco from Puca Pucara.

Walking the streets of Cusco.

Catedral Basilica de la Virgen de la Asuncion.

Although you can’t take pictures inside the Cathedral, I was able to take this one and not get in trouble. 🙊

Welcome to Cusco!

 

Ruin of Sacsayhuaman

Day three started bright and early. We took a bus to “Valle Sagrado de los Incas”, stopping by Pisaq to walk around the market. Got the chance to try some “cuy”, Peru’s roasted guinea pig, meet some llamas and enjoy the scenic views from Ollantaytambo. Very late at night we took a train to Aguas Calientes.

Anyone hungry for cuy?

Ready to board the Peru Rail. Make sure to book your ticket ahead of time.

On Day 4, we woke up around 4am to be one of the first groups to take the 30 min bus ride to Machu Picchu. We had previously booked a tour guide who waited for us at the entrance and walked us all around Machu Picchu. The tour lasted around 2.5 hours but we managed to stay a lot longer walking, hiking and taking as many pictures as we could of this amazing place.

 

Is it worth going to Machu Picchu? DEFINITELY!! If these pictures, which are just a few of the many we took are not enough to convince you to go to Peru, here are some other fun facts you should know:

📍 This “Lost City” is built over a series of mountains 10,000 feet above sea level! You might feel lightheaded and your change of breathing patterns will let you know you’ve arrived. Coca leaves anyone?

📍 It is believed that Machu Picchu was built for ceremonial purposes where the Incas carried out rites of sacrifice. You can feel the mystique of this place and the mystery that surrounds it.

📍There is no evidence that wheels were used to carry uphill all those huge, heavy stones to make this “empire over the clouds”. Legends and stories tell that extraterrestrials helped out. What do you think?

📍 Architects and engineers are still analyzing how the walls in Machu Picchu were built. They never used mortar to connect the blocks, and each piece is so perfectly aligned to fit the next, that not even a knife blade can fit between the stones. It’s a fact.

📍 Are you looking for your next marathon achievement? Every year, Machu Picchu is host of a 26-mile marathon along the Inca trail. Some say it’s the most difficult in the world. Click here for more information.

Travelers FYI 🌎✈️

📍The best time to visit Machu Picchu is from May to September. Although it is winter in Peru (because of its location below de equator), temperature is comfortable and it rains very little.