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Machu Picchu - Peru

Machu Picchu as you have seen on many pictures
Beschreibung Machu Picchu - Peru
Machu Picchu, for many people the highlight of Peru. Indeed it is a magical place. But it is really something you have to see?

Money is for sure an issue. It is a very expensive thing to do, even when taking the backdoor instead of the train or the Inca Trail. The entrance fee is at the moment 77 Soles and one does not get much for it. No information in the park and no bathrooms in the whole area, only at the entrance and only for money. The bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu and back is 12 US Dollar. The alternative is to walk.

What about the tourists? More than 2000 visitors a days. One has to be at the entrance at before 6 AM to get kind of good view from the Mirador. Already at 7.30 is it packed with people. Climbing Waynapicchu is another problem, only 400 people a day are allowed. Get there before 9 AM or you might just look at the mountain.

The History of Machu Picchu is not that well known. Not even who discovered thr ruins. Officialy it was Hiram Bingham in 1911. However, the Indigenous always knew about it. Some even lived there. The Incas left the place before the Spanish People arrived. Why, we do not know! Nobody even knows what Machu Picchu was all about. A fortress, a religous place, a village or all? Fact is that less than 1000 people lived there ant that they had their own food and water. But thats about it.

What is the verdict? We are glad that we have seen it. However, as said many times already. There is more in Peru than Machu Picchu, Cusco and the Valle Sagrado de los Incas.
on the road to Machu Picchu just after the bridge to the right
In the Urubamba Valley close to Aguas Calientes
Many places in town, camping just befor the bridge on the road to Machu Picchu
Aguas Calientes as shops and markets
Market in Aguas Calientes
Many restaurants in Aguas Calientes
many tour offices
many places in town
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