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Mystical Machu Picchu

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A March 2002 trip to Machu Picchu by Kez

Restaurant Pizzeria Candamo Photo, Machu Picchu, Peru More Photos
Quote: Mystical, magical, plain fantastic, Machu Picchu, descriptions fail you! It may be the most visited site in South America but all the press it receives is more than deserved. I have harboured a desire to visit this sacred place for the last 20 years and the city did not disappoint!

Machu Picchu Inca Archaeological Site

Attraction | "Mystical Machu Picchu"

Machu Picchu Inca Archaeological Site Photo, Cusco, Peru
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Explore and explore!!! The site is large and has many different sections contained within it. Every single corner or flight of stairs leads you to a new discovery that you feel is your own and seen for the first time by an outsider. Wraiths of mist constantly swirl, obscuring everything in sight, and then disappear so rapidly you could swear it was a visitor of a past god. Scenes like this only add to the mystical quality. The location is also stupendous, built high within a saddle of two mountains. It is actually a mountain on a mountain. Photos do not do it justice! The cliff edges tumble down towards the raging river far below. You can only marvel at how they ever managed...Read More

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

Hotel Boutique La Cabana

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Hotel | "Hostal "La Cabana""

Hotel Boutique La Cabana Photo, Machu Picchu, Peru
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This is a really warm, welcoming and friendly place. It located towards the top end of the main street on the left and worth the steep hike to get there. Beto & Martha are very welcoming (& not to mention great cooks).If their kids (& friends) are home from school they will want to know everything possible about where you come from. Their dog, a shepherd "Apu" also makes you feel right at home especially if you are pining for your best friend that's been left at home. Try to obtain the room right at the top of the hotel, lots of steps but worthwhile. I can't remember the number but it is the only one that has a balcony from where you look straight up the valley towards Machu Picchu. We only paid 30 ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 26, 2002

Hotel Boutique La Cabana
Av. Pachacutec Mz 20
Machu Picchu, Peru
+51 84 21 1048

Hostal Ima Sumac Photo, Machu Picchu, Peru
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This was our second choice and we chose not to stay here, however the rooms were comfortably furnished and decorated. If we had not been able to secure the room we did we certainly would have stayed here. The room we were shown looked out over the river however due to the amount of water rushing down from above was really noisy.

The price was $45 US with breakfast and still represented good value.

It just seemed to lack the spit and polish of its neighbour La Cabana opposite.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 26, 2002

Hostal Ima Sumac
Avenida Pachacutec
Machu Picchu, Peru
(84) 211021

Hostal "La Cabana" Restaurant

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Restaurant

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Don't miss Papa Beto's cooking or the trout. We had the most sensational Garlic Trout, split lengthwise and flattened then grilled with "loads" of garlic and served with fried potatoes and fresh salad. It was to die for!! And so fresh, obviously straight from the local river. At the time I had caught a head cold and boy with all that garlic it was all gone by morning. They will also open early to prepare your breakfast with advance notice if you are taking the early bus up the mountain. Breakfast with an eggs, bread, juice and coffee is only around US $2-3. If the kids are cooking and they were when we were there don't expect a gourmet breakfast but it still fills the hole in the stomach ready fo...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 26, 2002

Hostal "La Cabana" Restaurant
Opposite the Hotel
Machu Picchu, Peru

Restaurant Pizzeria Candamo

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Restaurant

Restaurant Pizzeria Candamo Photo, Machu Picchu, Peru
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Although we ate here for breakfast it was really good. The all inclusive breakfast was only about US $2-3 each or 10 soles. We ended up with the a la carte breakfast rather than the all inclusive after a slight mixup in the orders. But the scrambled eggs we had here were the best we were served and the it was the only place we were served strong, HOT,coffee and just to top it off in a mug. Sublime on a chilly morning. We just wished we had of had the time to come back for lunch or dinner but we had to take the train that afternoon. They offered a medium pizza plus a drink for 18 soles, about $4-5US. Just to add to the conviviality the restaurant even had it's own little watchdog...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 26, 2002

Restaurant Pizzeria Candamo
On the Main Street
Machu Picchu, Peru

Inca Trail

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Attraction | "The hiking trail to Wayna Picchu"

Inca Trail Photo, Cusco, Peru
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When you look up from the main section of the ruins your first thought is, no way we must be crazy but it's just one of those things. If you don't do it I really think you would regret it. And that classic photo from the top makes it all worthwhile. We also met many more mature people on the way up and down so it can't really be that bad. When you are nearing the summit the trail forks, I recommend taking the right hand fork although it contains a very narrow flight of steps through a cave it is much easier than the steeper left fork. Also on steeper left fork at the very pinnacle you need to scrabble up the side of a very steep rock to reach the top. If you do want to do the full loo...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 26, 2002

Inca Trail
Andes Mountains
Cusco, Peru

Road up to Machu Picchu Photo, Machu Picchu, Peru
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At the end of a long day walking over the ruins when you finally subside onto that seat on the bus you are elated and satisfied and feeling so good about the day. As the bus winds it way back down on the mountain, doubling back on itself but dropping a little lower each time. A teenage boy greets you at the turn and yells out "goodbye", everyone yells back, then the next turn lo and behold there he is again, "goodbye". It gradually dawns on every one that this boy is running down the more direct walking trail and greeting the bus on every turn. Of course, down near the bottom the bus stops and the boy in his "native" tunic & matching money bag hops on and you guessed it starts the rounds for ...Read More