Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu. What a truly magical place! Visiting this place is a life long dream coming true! It’s amazing to imagine how they built it all that high up in the world, while most of us struggle to drag our flabby asses around the ruins. For the fourth and last day of this adventure, we had to wake up at THREE IN THE MORNIIIINNNGGG… because the porters had to take the train back to Ollantaytambo at 5 a.m. We walk a bit in the dark to arrive at the reservation’s gate and wait for a couple of hours. Which I was more than fine with, for I got to spend a little more time with the guys from the group and I had the most amazing time laughing and having fun with Celeste, Santiago and Fabricio. Such impossibly cool people!!

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Machu Picchu. Que lugar verdadeiramente mágico! Visitar esse lugar foi um sonho de uma vida realizado! É realmente admirável de se imaginar como que eles conseguiram construir esse lugar nessas alturas, enquanto a maioria de nós se estrebuchava arrastando a bunda mole pelas ruínas. Para o quarto e último dia da aventura, nós tivemos que acordar às TRÊEEEESSS DA MADRUGAAAADA… porque os carregadores tem que pegar o trem de volta a Ollantaytambo às 5 da manhã. Nós caminhamos por uma meia hora na escuridão para chegar aos portões da reserva e esperamos por umas duas horas. O que pra mim foi tudibom porque deu para passar mais um tempo com o pessoal do grupo e me diverti muito conversando e rindo com a Celeste, Fabricio e Santiago. Eles estavam atacadíssimos esse dia, chorei de rir até doer tudo o que se usa no corpo para rir kkkkk

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When we enter the reservation, we go through the sun gate and from there we should be able to see Machu Picchu. Such wasn’t the case, as you can see in this photo.

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Quando nós entramos na reserva, nós passamos pelo Portal do Sol e de lá nós deveriamos poder ver Machu Picchu. Não foi o caso, como vocês podem ver nessa foto.

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Show off… but he’s got skills.

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Exibidão… mas manja dos paranauê.

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Taken from here:

Machu Picchu is tangible evidence of the urban Inca Empire at the peak of its power and achievement—a citadel of cut stone fit together without mortar so tightly that its cracks still can’t be penetrated by a knife blade.

The complex of palaces and plazas, temples and homes may have been built as a ceremonial site, a military stronghold, or a retreat for ruling elites—its dramatic location is certainly well suited for any of those purposes. The ruins lie on a high ridge, surrounded on three sides by the windy, turbulent Urubamba River some 2,000 feet (610 meters) below.

Scholars are still striving to uncover clues to the mysteries hidden here high in the eastern slopes of the Andes, covered with tropical forests of the upper Amazon Basin. Machu Picchu appears to lie at the center of a network of related sites and trails—and many landmarks both man-made and mountainous appear to align with astronomical events like the solstice sunset. The Inca had no written language, so they left no record of why they built the site or how they used it before it was abandoned in the early 16th century.

Landscape engineering skills are in strong evidence at Machu Picchu. The site’s buildings, walls, terraces, and ramps reclaim the steep mountainous terrain and make the city blend naturally into the rock escarpments on which it is situated. The 700-plus terraces preserved soil, promoted agriculture, and served as part of an extensive water-distribution system that conserved water and limited erosion on the steep slopes.

The Inca’s achievements and skills are all the more impressive in light of the knowledge they lacked. When Machu Picchu was built some 500 years ago the Inca had no iron, no steel, and no wheels. Their tremendous effort apparently benefited relatively few people—some experts maintain that fewer than a thousand individuals lived here.

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Our tour around the Machu Picchu ruins ended, but I still had a ticket to go up the Huayna Picchu (the big mountain behind the ruins) and I really didn’t feel like climbing yet more steps. I’d seriously not go, but Kristof convinced me to go with him and I’m glad and thankful he did. It was absolutely worth it… and we had fun there as well🙂 Even if he made me literally race the mountain up and down, so that he wouldn’t miss his train that afternoon. Which I was only able to do because we had to leave the backpacks at the entrace of the ruins.

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Nosso tour pelas ruínas de Machu Picchu tinha acabado, mas eu ainda tinha um ticket para subir o Huayna Picchu (a montanha maior atrás das ruínas) e eu não estava nem um pouco afim de subir mais tudo aquilo. Eu sinceramente estava pensando em não subir, mas o Kristof me convenceu a subir com ele e fiquei feliz e agradecida por ele ter feito isso. Valeu muito a pena… e nos divertimos lá em cima também🙂 Mesmo que ele tenha me feito literalmente correr montanha acima e abaixo, porque ele estava com medo de perder o trem que o levaria à tarde de volta a Ollantaytambo. O que só consegui fazer porque tem que deixar as mochilas num guarda-volumes na entrada das ruínas.

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They say Machu Picchu has the shape of a condor, seem from above. I say they are pushing it a little.

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Eles dizem que Machu Picchu tem o formato de um condor, visto de cima. Eu digo que eles estão forçando a barra um pouco.

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kids, in today’s class, let’s talk about how to use a professional camera and getting the focus right… :v

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Representando Rafael Fontana pelo mundo.

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To trust a camera in a man’s hand…

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confiar a máquina nas mãos de um homem…

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I have a thing for the silliest boys…

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After Huayna Picchu, we went to Aguas Calientes were we met the rest of the group and headed to the hot spring pools. If Fabricio ever sends me a photo of that, I’ll update this post lol. I slept in Aguas Calientes and early next day I got the train to go to Ollantaytambo and from there I got a taxi to go back Cuzco to the Arqueologo Hotel, got my stuff back and went to the airport to get my flight to Lima.

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Depois de Huayna Picchu, nós fomos a Aguas Calientes onde nos encontramos com o resto do grupo e nos dirigimos às piscinas de águas termais. Se o Fabrício algum dia me mandar as fotos disso, eu vou fazer um update nesse post haha. Eu dormi em Aguas Calientes e cedo no dia seguinte peguei o trem para ir a Ollantaytambo e de lá peguei um taxi para voltar a Cusco e ao Hotel Arqueólogo, peguei minhas coisas e me dirigi ao aeroporto para pegar meu vôo a Lima.

UPDATE: The photos from Aguas Calientes! The best people!😀 Thanks Fabricio

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6 Responses to Machu Picchu

  1. mckora says:

    Beautiful photos. Wonderful story!

  2. Dr. Paul A. Curto says:

    Oh, Yeah!

  3. Darren Alessi says:

    Sounds like you had a great time. Cool story too! : )

  4. Ken says:

    What a wonderful experience—I envy you, but I also take my hat off to you because you made the most of it with your photos and your writing. I bet you’ll never forget it, too!🙂

  5. A dream trip looks incredible Anna

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