Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu.  An Incan Citadel

Machu Picchu is an Incan citadel set high in the Andes Mountains in Peru, above the Urubamba River valley. Built in the 15th century and later abandoned, it’s renowned for its sophisticated dry-stone walls that fuse huge blocks without the use of mortar, intriguing buildings that play on astronomical alignments, and panoramic views. Its exact former use remains                                                           a mystery.

My Trip

In Aug of 2014 I took off on a four day walk along the Inca trail to the base of Machu Picchu. (In my last Post)

Walking along the track getting closer the views of Hauyna Picchu were unfolding different aspects. The closer we got to the base village I could just make out the terraces and buildings and my imagination of the Machu Picchu site was being filled in by concrete images.

I found this to be an incredible way to reach such a popular tourist area since I felt it gradually unfolded and I was discovering it myself instead of being taken straight to it  and ticking off another world wonder. Some interesting engineering and wondrous facts can be found here. For more detail click here.


Snap Shots And Insights.

An Insight and Tip.

If you are thinking of going to this site which I highly recommend 4-5 hrs is enough to see a huge amount of it and get a feel. This includes climbing La Montana.

1. I would go at 12 noon. Most people have left by then and/ or are leaving since they have a tour schedule. This gives you about 5 hrs at the site to share with a handful instead of a hoard.

2. Try and pick a good weather day (if you can afford the luxury) since mist, fog and rain can descend quite quickly.


That’s all folks (well for the moment). Hope you enjoyed this trip to Machu Picchu as much as I did. It brought back great memories for me, my favourite being climbing the very steep step systems up La Mantana. I enjoy doing these videos, pictures and blogs and appreciate having the time to do it.

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About ray

As I have gone through life, I have gained many skills, many of them learnt from other people and keen observation. I am a maker at heart, giving a lot of attention to detail. Paramount in my life, is doing it in an effective and efficient way as possible, while spending little on resources. I like to improvise, use initiative and make do with whatever is at hand, upcycling as much as possible in problem solving situations.