The reason people go to Machu Picchu is to see the ruins. This structure from ancient civilization is beyond impressive. There is just no way to imagine how these people moved rocks and built such intricate designs without cranes and bulldozers!
Since I hiked up Machu Picchu, headed to Sungate and then took a nap, I didn’t get to the ruins until right before closing time…and I would highly recommend doing things in that order if you’re going because by the time I made it down, there were hardly any other tourists wandering around!
The park closes at 5pm and I got there at about 4pm. Can you believe these photos? I was basically by myself along with a few guinea pigs and llamas wandering around. SO crazy.
I had always assumed that going to Machu Picchu meant being surrounded by hoards of other tourists. Which is fine. I am one of them. But it was certainly a pleasant surprise to find that wasn’t the case.
Don’t worry, I wasn’t one of those assholes chasing the llamas around the park. It came to me. Seriously.
I think my only real regret about Machu Picchu was not doing more research on the place before going there. I would’ve liked to know more of the history.
I kept imagining the Incas living there, what their lives must have been like, what the place must have looked like without mown grass.
In such a mystical place it wasn’t hard to let my imagination transport me, especially with the grey clouds overhead, setting the mood.
See that little guy up there? That should help give you a sense of the scale of just how grand the place is! It’s amazing.
For some reason the structure second from the left seems like it’s giving me the finger, ha! I’m so mature.
Being up among the moutains and clouds and ancient civilization, I felt like I was a million miles away from the real world. It was truly an amazing experience and everybody should try and get there before they die.