Machu Picchu Journals

Many ways to meet Machu Picchu

Best of IgoUgo

An October 2002 trip to Machu Picchu by hejallihop

Machu Picchu Inca Archaeological Site Photo, Cusco, Peru More Photos
Quote: Eleven visits later, Machu Picchu still remains inexpressibly beautiful. Take the bus, the train, hike for one day or hike for four days, and be assured you will not be disappointed. The most important thing is that Machu Picchu is within reach of everybody.

Machu Picchu Inca Archaeological Site

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction | "Many ways to meet Machu Picchu"

Machu Picchu Inca Archaeological Site Photo, Cusco, Peru
Quote:
Everything at Machu Picchu is a highlight. The site is spectacular and the views breathtaking. But the absolute highlight for me was, after trekking for four days, rounding the final corner, climbing the final steps to the famous Intipunku, or Sun Gate, and catching my first glimpse of Machu Picchu lying discreetly in the distance. Trekking to Machu Picchu allows you the added bonus of visiting other important sites along the route. This gives you a feel for the size and scale of the Incan empire and their brilliance in the field of stonework. My favourite site en route was Wiñawayna, or Forever Young. Wiñawayna was discovered only in 1941 and it is as beautiful as the name suggests. B...Read More

Machu Picchu Inca Archaeological Site
Above The Urubamba Valley
Cusco Region, Peru

Inca Trail

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction | "4 day Inca Trail"

Inca Trail Photo, Cusco, Peru
Quote:
The views are mind-blowing from beginning to end. The Andes are young, rugged mountains. They are therefore very dramatic and exciting and have an energy about them, not only because they are alive with magma but alive too with emotion. And the energy is contagious. If you feel sick, aching or just weary from the trail’s tough conditions, a moment’s pause to look at the mountains around will give you the momentum, encouragement and inspiration to spur you on your way. You will make it and you will be glad that you did. But it is not only the outstanding views I remember from the trek. I will never forget the wonderful company kept. I led a tour group along the trail and in my team included the d...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 26, 2003

Inca Trail
Andes Mountains
Cusco, Peru

Inca Trail

Attraction | "1 day Inca Trail"

Inca Trail Photo, Cusco, Peru
Quote:
The good news is that, for those of you twitching at the thought of the full four-day trek, you do not have to experience the icy nights and seemingly interminable climbs, on top of all the inconveniences of altitude, in order to reach Machu Picchu on foot or pass by the beautiful Incan site - Wiñawayna. The train stops briefly at 105km (this will make more sense if you find yourself in the area one day, I assure you). You jump out, sometimes literally, pick up a local guide, and walk your way up into the mountains from the valley floor. This short but rewarding trek will succeed in giving you a real feel for the landscape, for the toughness of the terrain and an understanding that Machu Picchu...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 26, 2003

Inca Trail
Andes Mountains
Cusco, Peru

Machu Picchu Inca Archaeological Site

Attraction | "Machu Picchu"

Machu Picchu Inca Archaeological Site Photo, Cusco, Peru
Quote:
The very first time I had the pleasure of setting foot on this mighty land, I was alone. I wound my way up the death-defying track in the back of a decrepit, rattling bus and watched the valley grow farther and farther away as we climbed higher and higher into the mountain tops. The forest encircled us, the river rushed below us, the mountains towered above us, and we clung on tight. And thank God we did. A very long half-hour later, we reached the top. First thing you see is a rather unattractive hotel, but isn’t it always, and then a toll booth, restaurant, plenty of people and then something else. Something that paralysed me. I forgot the crowds, and just focused on what was in front of me. Here I ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 26, 2003

Machu Picchu Inca Archaeological Site
Above The Urubamba Valley
Cusco Region, Peru

Machu Picchu Inca Archaeological Site

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction | "Many ways to meet Machu Picchu"

Machu Picchu Inca Archaeological Site Photo, Cusco, Peru
Quote:
Eleven visits later, Machu Picchu retains its mind-blowing beauty and unquestionable charisma. I have made precisely 11 visits to Machu Picchu under all manner of different circumstances. I have taken the bus, the train, hiked for one day and hiked for four days. I have seen it at the crack of dawn and as the sun goes down, in the rain, the sun, the mist and the cloud. And I have one conclusion to draw - every time is utterly breathtaking! Bus journey of a lifetime The very first time I had the pleasure of setting foot on this mighty land, I was alone. I wound my way up the death-defying track in the back of a decrepit, rattling bus and watched the valley grow farther and fa...Read More

Machu Picchu Inca Archaeological Site
Above The Urubamba Valley
Cusco Region, Peru

About the Writer

hejallihop

hejallihop
Stockholm, Sweden

More Journals by hejallihop