So you heard the good news!
I went to Machu Picchu!
Living in Peru has its perks.
Machu Picchu is a fantastic Incan ruin in the city of Aguas Calientes, Peru. Surrounded by deep gorges and cliffs Machu Picchu towers over rivers and forests. There are several ways you can go about doing Machu Picchu. 
If you are crunched on time, the PeruRail is a great option. Most visitors to Cusco, Peru are passing through on their way to Machu Picchu. If you fit this category, there is a train station in Poroy, about 30 minutes outside of Cusco by combi (small mini van public transpo) to board the train. PeruRail prices vary from 38 soles to 192 soles depending on departure time and type of train. 
Before we boarded the train early in the morning we grabbed some snacks - more spendy in the train station, as expected, but incredibly delicious. These alfajores are Argentine sugar cookies of dulce de leche coated in powdered sugar. YUM!  
 How spectacular is that? The view is stunning. We were there on a weekend, and the weather was pretty hot at times and chilly at others. The funny thing about Peru is when you're in the shade, you're cold - so you move to the sun. But when you're in the sun, you're smoldering hot - so you just don't know what to do! There are a lot of microclimates here and the key to staying comfortable is LAYERS!
 This shot reminded me of the cover of Lonely Planet Peru, which of course they photoshopped the tag out of its ear.  There were llamas everywhere - they just wander around the grounds and people die taking pictures with them. There's always a crowd where the llamas are - but beware! They SPIT! 
 These three little llamas reminded me of my sisters and I - the traveling triplets - always together! As triplets we kinda have this thing for groups of three. Anytime we see three of something, we take a picture and tag each other on Facebook. I think it's kinda sweet!
 Machu Picchu is one of the 7 Wonders of the World, so if you have a bucketlist you need to check off you better find yourself a ticket to Peru!
It is wise to purchase some hiking boots when backpacking South America. I wear these every single day. They're cute and comfortable - which is hard to come by in outdoors gear! I got them on sale at Sportsman's Warehouse. The good news about these boots (that have done me so well in Peru) is that they are extremely durable. They are lightweight, waterproof, and have great traction. Peru is a dirty place, people! You won't want your feet exposed day after day... it's good to have them covered up when it's real dusty.
Machu Picchu is considered a place of peace and power - one of my favorite things to do was walk through all the houses and rooms and create a story for the Incas who once lived there. It was pretty fun to imagine dusty little faces running around in the dirt, mommy lindas carrying their babies on their backs, and buff Incas running up and down the terraces. I decided to call this rock a big bed for mama and poppio, with a nice little slide for the ninos! 
High in the clouds, at this elevation some people experience altitude sickness which consists of headache, dizziness, nausea, and other annoying symptoms. Gratefully Spencer and I never had that problem - but if you do, the locals will recommend some coca tea or just chewing on the coca leaves raw.  They also sell pills and coca flavored candies for you to take if you are one of the unlucky few.

 This shot was taken from atop Wayna Picchu! Wayna Picchu requires early risers. If you wanna make it up this mountain, you are best off waking up at 3 am to get in line for the bus at 4 am. Purchase your bus tickets the day before if possible, that way you are good to go. The busses start loading at 5:30 am to take people up the mountain - and each bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu costs 21 soles round trip, per person. Your entrance ticket to Machu Picchu costs 126 soles per person, which is about $50 USD. Not bad for such an incredible place!
After hiking for about an hour, you get to the top of this beautiful mountain. Wayna Picchu overlooks Machu Picchu, and you can see the zigzag road that takes tourists from Aguas Calientes up to the ruins. It's a bit cramped up there - and there's a little cave you have to crawl through, but it's well worth it. I was so winded by the time I got to the top - I imagine those Incas had buns of steel and the lungs of a horse! Machu Picchu is incredible. Put it on your bucket list NOW! Ciao!

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18 comments on MACHU PICCHU

  1. Ah so jealous! I wish I could go sooner rather than later. Also I wanted to pass that word around about this place,
    I don't know if any of you have done it (new follower), but it sounds great!

    Have any of the traveling triplets travelled alone? If so, would you recommend traveling without your husband (at least for a little period of time)?

  2. wow that is so cool! must have been an amazing experience, can't believe how high it is!

  3. haha i can't help but call machu picchu "machu poocchu" 'cuz a girl i know had to GO really bad when she was there and well...

    (let's just not tell the peruvians she defaced their holy ruins, ok?)

  4. Cute blog! I especially love your intro video! Anyway, it was so fun to find you because my four sisters and I just started a blog together a month ago. It's a fun way to keep in touch, especially since our baby sister Lissie lives in Germany still. The rest of us are married and in America.

    Hope you have a wonderful day!

    Notes She Wrote

  5. Oh my gosh, these views are amazing! I can't believe how high up everything is!

  6. wow it looks more amazing that i expected. my husband has a dream to go there someday. now i want to go too!

  7. My brother just recently went to Machu Picchu and this information would've been so useful!

    I guess it will work for when i go :D!
    Thanks for sharing!

  8. Your pics are amazing! I'm so jealous of your travels. Macchu Picchu is definitely on my list. Looks like an amazing adventure!

  9. Wow! It looks absolutely amazing!

  10. GORGEOUS KY! What a great adventure! Machu Picchu is officially added to my bucketlist!

  11. LOVE the pics!! My Mister went to MP a few years back and I am still in awe of the gorgeous pics he took there. The llamas crack me up. I will take the train also when I finally visit this beautiful place. You lucky duck!


  12. also - i HAVE traveled alone without my husband. flew from US to south america and back a couple different times. it's doable but not near as fun.

  13. ha! i taught english in china 4 years ago with china horizons. best decision of my life.

  14. I want to go to Peru so much! (and we will.. :-)) I love llamas and alpacas! Your pictures are so wonderful and inspiring! Thank you fopr sharing! And Happy 4th!!!

  15. amazing pictures ky bird! love this post. i want to go there so bad! have fun for all of us :) love you!

  16. it depends, but we would never recommend traveling alone. it's always wise to have a partner.

  17. Salkantay Trek is the alternative to the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu was recently named among the 25 best Treks in the World, by National Geographic Adventure Travel Magazine.


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