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The Amazing New Adventures of Larry and Mark - Peru, Land of the Incas

Chapter 25

 

Into Machu Picchu "the Old Mountain"

 

 

When it comes to Machu Picchu, the old proverb “A picture is worth a

thousand words” couldn’t be more accurate.    Nearly everyone has seen

a picture of this place, and we were eager to get there.  We made it to the

buses which took us from the town of Aguas Calientes, up the zig-zag road

to our destination.  If you were a hiker, you could go straight up, but we are

not hikers.  We eagerly take some photos through the glass of the bus, and

the pictures are all stinkers with the reflections of camera, faces, and glasses.

 

 

Through this gate passes every bus visitor to Machu Picchu. 

Our excitement is running high.

 

 

Hiram Bingham is the man who rediscovered the "lost city of the Incas"

in 1911.  This city, abandoned for an unknown reason, was never found

or destroyed by the Spanish conquistadores.

 

 

 

 

 

While the local  natives knew about Machu Picchu, it took an American explorer

from Yale, accompanied by a local guide and a child, to find the site.  Hiram Bingham

was an early Indiana Jones.

 

 

His report is in a book, supported by Yale University.  The entire

book is actually online to see the text and photos.  I will provide

the link to the website in a future chapter.

 

 

There are lots of places to explore in Machu Picchu.  It has been classified into

three zones:  agricultural, urban, and religious.

 

We come around a corner, past one Inca building, and the panorama opens before us,

and each of us (like the thousands before) stop for our first pictures:

 

 

There may be lots of people here, but they only collect in certain spots.  The rest of the time, photos

may not show people unless you look closely.  The government  wishes to control foot traffic

through Machu Picchu by controlling the number of people allowed in daily during high (dry) season.

 

 

 

 In the background on the right is Huayna Picchu - "Young Mountain."

It is tall and steep, and in less than 24 hours, five of our group will

stand on top of it.

 

 

 

To our right are many peaks of the Andes. 

There is no such thing as a bad view up here.

 

 

We had a glorious, clear afternoon, and we are to come back tomorrow

morning too.  In the end, it is amazing how much we did see, but there was 

a lot we never reached.  But the next chapters will go into different parts

of this ancient wonder of the world.

 

 

 

Some wonderful panoramic scenes of Machu Picchu can be found at

the website, http://www.peru-machu-picchu.com

 

 

 

More coming very soon!

 

Larry Reich

 

You may reach me with comments:

Laurence Reich

auburndocreich@aol.com 

 

 

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