Machu Picchu!!!

Wow!! We were really waking up and heading to Machu Picchu for the day. This was one of our biggest dreams come true. After reading books about this place, reading blog after blog and website followed by website about Machu Picchu, we couldn’t believe we were really getting up to head into this majestic place. That unbelief and excitement might have been the only thing that actually got us up and out of bed that morning.

We met with our guide, Edgar, at our hotel and walked over to the bus pick up station to grab the 6:00am bus up the mountain.

{For those of you traveling to Machu Picchu, the buses for Machu Picchu run about every five minutes or less, on a continual basis throughout the day starting at 5:30 am, and the pick up/drop of location is right above where the train tracks cross over the “road”. When you are in Aguas Caliente you will see what we are talking about.}

The bus ride was so unreal; we really couldn’t believe we would be in Machu Picchu within the hour.

Once getting through the gates of Machu Picchu we went to the right and sat to just take in the view for a bit. Edgar was with us for the first two hours of our time at Machu Picchu, which we were so thankful for. We learned what all the different buildings and landscaping was for and learned a bit about the history of the place.

{If you’re going to Machu Picchu we strongly recommend getting a guide; you learn so much about the place and still have the whole day to really enjoy it for yourself}

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Our first view of Machu Picchu!! It was a bit foggy in the early hours of the morning.. but the fog was gone by around 8:00am!! The terraces in this photo were used for agriculture!

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The Temple of the Sun.. check out the stone work!

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One of the houses in Machu Picchu. The bricks were not as flesh with each other when the people in the houses were not royalty, but they were still absolutely amazing!!

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Loving our little tour!

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There was an area that just had llamas wondering around. This one decided to pose for the picture.

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In awe of the amazing brick work of this place! The double holes on either side of us and the skinny brick above our heads were used somehow to make the door for this doorway. Our guide explained how, but it was far beyond our comprehension.

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Temple of the Sun

After the first two hours we were able to enjoy Machu Picchu on our own for as long as we wanted. Words cannot even begin to describe our time at Machu Picchu, so the overload of pictures below will try and explain the beauty of the place.

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We’re here and loving it!! We sat at this spot for about an hour just taking in the view!!

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So majestic!!

It's crazy that these buildings still stand after being covered by jungle overgrowth for hundreds of years.

It’s crazy that these buildings still stand after being covered by jungle overgrowth for hundreds of years.

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We know picture overload.. but we couldn’t get enough of this place!! Most of the grass behind us here was made just for flowers!!

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So mysterious with the clouds rolling in around Machu Picchu

Who we now refer to as Incans.. although that's actually not the right term.. built the buildings around huge rocks in the land. This is just one example of it.. and to think.. they squeezed in rocks all around this huge one to make sure that it wouldn't fall!! Crazy!!

Who we now refer to as Incans.. although that’s actually not the right term.. built the buildings around huge rocks in the land. This is just one example of it.. and to think.. they squeezed in rocks all around this huge one to make sure that it wouldn’t fall!! Crazy!! The building at the top in the background of this picture is the Guardhouse. This is one of the only buildings with the roof redone to give people an idea of what it was like when people lived in Machu Picchu.

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Our hang out spot!!

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The stone work here is absolutely amazing!

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This dirt area is believed to be the place where they made offerings.

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Just the two of us.. enjoying the beauty around us.

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If you think this picture is good, you have to see it in person!!

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Huayna Picchu standing tall behind us!

If you look closely you can see that this doorway is a double doorway. It's like a doorway inside of another one.. This means that it was a special doorway that only high up people could go through..

If you look closely you can see that this doorway is a double doorway. It’s like a doorway inside of another one.. This means that it was a special doorway that only high up people could go through..

All the green through this garden used to be one huge garden just for enjoying the plants.. They now only have a small portion of the garden as an example.

All the green through this garden used to be one huge garden just for enjoying the plants.. They now only have a small portion of the garden as an example. All the buildings behind were houses, clearly the roofs are no longer there. The one nice thing about Machu Picchu is that they are not trying to rebuild anything that used to be there.. they are leaving it as it was after clearing away the jungle that grew over it!

The walls were all built at an angle.. This was done for protection from when the earth shook!!

The walls were all built at an angle.. This was done for protection from when the earth shook!!

Again.. all this green area used to be just a huge beautiful garden.

Again.. all this green area used to be just a huge beautiful garden.

After finishing up at Machu Picchu we caught the bus back down to Aguas Calientes to enjoy a bit of time strolling through the town before jumping on the train back to Cusco. We walked through the town a bit, checking out the vendor market, the hot springs, and all the little shops, then enjoyed a nice lunch at the local food market.

Aguas Calientes...Such a pretty European-like town!!

Aguas Calientes…Such a pretty European-like town!!

{Eating the local “street food” is the best and cheapest way to eat in Peru. During lunchtime you can usually find a place that serves the “menu” for about 6-8 nuevo soles. The menus always consist of a bowl of soup, a main course, and a drink. Always great and as long as you go between 11:00-2:00 you most likely won’t get an upset belly from the meat sitting out for too long!}

We had such a nice menu lunch. It consisted of rice, fries, chicken that was fried with an egg, and of course the soup and drink. So much food for so little money!!!

Jason's foot after walking around the town for a bit.. Not sure this picture even shows how bad it actually was!! Praise the Lord it is better now!!

Jason’s foot after walking around the town for a bit.. Not sure this picture even shows how bad it actually was!! Praise the Lord it is better now!!

After enjoying our lunch and the town, we hopped on the PeruRail to get back to Cusco. On the train we enjoyed the scenery until it got dark, and enjoyed playing cards for quite some time before just sitting down and relaxing.

It started absolutely pouring just when we were heading back to the hotel to grab our bags to catch the train.. Good thing our packs have water covers!!

It started absolutely pouring just when we were heading back to the hotel to grab our bags to catch the train.. Good thing our packs have water covers!!

{A little travelers tip for this train.. people have gotten robbed on this train before because they fell asleep and didn’t have their belongings secure with them. So be aware of your surroundings, and as always, keep a tight grip on your money and passport.}

We were met at the train station by Alias and they took us back to our last night in our nice hotel for the trip.

Once back in Cusco, we spent literally two hours washing clothes in the sink.. trying to find a spot to dry them was the hard part.. we ended up blow drying a lot of them!!

Once back in Cusco, we spent literally two hours washing clothes in the sink.. trying to find a spot to dry them was the hard part.. we ended up blow drying a lot of them!!

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