Day 55 June 11

Countries 7    Hotels 25    Cars 37

Flights 12:flying time 46.52 hours

Rickshaws 4    Buses 8    Elephant 1    Boat 3

Cog-wheel train 2    Cable cars 6    Subway 4    Ferry 2

Minibus 31      Coach 2    Catamaran 1    Funicular 3

Pick up truck 1    Land Cruiser 8    Hydrofoil 4

Llama 1    Cycle Taxi 1    Train 3


Up early this morning for my second trip to Machupicchu, it was raining and the cloud was low.  As the little green bus made its’ way up the mountain the clouds got thicker, this was the view when I got to the top. This is what locals call a cloud forest.

My first intention was to walk to the sun gate so this is what I did, in Inca times this was the main entrance to the city, it takes about 40 minutes. On the way it stopped raining but the cloud didn’t lift. So when I got to the sun gate I didn’t get the view I was hoping for.  These are photos of the trail to the sun gate.

I did see lichen growing which is a sign that the forest/jungle is healthy. How lucky was I yesterday with the weather, there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. These are shots of the sun gate.

Back from the sun gate I walked up to the parts I hadn’t been to yesterday, and then I just sat and waited.

Eventually the cloud lifted a bit and one could see the main buildings again. Then the sun came out.

Apparently the original name of this city isn’t known as the Incas hadn’t developed a writing system, so it was called Machupicchu by the local people, which means old mountain, and here they have it as one word not two.

My time was up and I had to go back down to catch my train.  These are the little buses that take people up and down the mountain every day, the rest are shots of the town of Machupicchu.

I had a fab seat on the train back to Ollantaytambo, right at the front, so got excellent views on the journey.

When I got back to Cuzco, there was a parade in the square, with dancing groups in sparkly outfits,  and marching bands, there was fireworks too, all part of the Cuzco anniversary celebrations.

Although it’s warm during the day when the sun is out as soon as it sets it can get quite cold, partly because Cuzco is 3,400 meters above sea level, and it is winter here now, so it’s lovely that this hotel bring round hotel water bottles, if one is out they put them in the bed for you, blissful.

 

 

2 thoughts on “Day 55 June 11

  1. Peter June 16, 2016 / 12:45 pm

    My darling Sue

    I’m blown away by your pictures. Truly, it seems like the experience of a lifetime. Machupicchu and the mist forest looks mesmerising! What a great way of documenting your travels.
    I did have a little giggle when I read about the local plant life and thought words such as ‘bored’ and ‘day dreaming about a gorgeous hunk called Tarzan in the forest would be much more interesting!’; would follow lol!!
    Miss you so much and can’t wait to see you. Enjoy and relish every minute! Now you simply have to get a hot air balloon in there!!
    Love you, Peter 💝💝

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  2. susiebee05 June 17, 2016 / 12:19 pm

    Thanks Hun, well I still have till the end of July so maybe the balloon could happen, although the vertigo thing could put a stop to this. I’m pleased I decided to do this as there is no way I would have remembered everything I have done or the little details that are sometimes as good as the big stuff. I have so much more to see and do too. Have you thought anymore about me coming over at the beginning of August for a few days? would love to see you darling, hope all is well with you and you are good? love you, lots of love xxxxx

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