“Up since 4 am!! But doesn’t matter, so excited for Machu Picchu :)”, I tweeted before leaving our hotel in Aguas Calientes, the gateway city to Machu Picchu.
We arrived in Aguas Calientes the day before, after our trekking adventure and for me, this was a major highlight in our RTW. Machu Picchu, a secret city of the Incas and untouched when the Spanish conquered, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and wonder of the world!
Pictures aren’t enough to show how amazing Machu Picchu is so here are some Vine videos I took while at Machu Picchu!
First off, we had to get up at 4 am which we found out was not very early. When we walked to the bus station, a line was already formed! Unless you are staying at Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge by Orient-Express which is a hotel right at the entrance of Machu Picchu, you have to take a bus from Aguas Calientes.
After waiting in line for the bus, we got on the bus then had to wait again in another line when we got to the entrance.
When we got to the entrance, we had to show our passports and tickets. Then we had to walk up several stairs. By the time we reached a spot to get a good view of Machu Picchu and the view that you see in pictures in guidebooks, the sun was rising.
There weren’t that many people compared to in the afternoon so we got some good pictures without too many random people in them.
Next, we walked to the Sun Gate which is the real entrance of Machu Picchu. It’s the entrance that the Incas went through years ago. The walk from Machu Picchu to the sun gate was mostly uphill with some stairs which was difficult especially with the altitude!
If you were to do the Inca Trail, this is the finish line. We saw several groups go through the finish line after four days of trekking.
In the above Vine video you can see how Machu Picchu looks from far.
We walked back from the sun gate on the same path and this time went into the city. Here you can see the agricultural area, temple and urban area of Machu Picchu.
After a very informative tour from our tour guide who was also our guide from our trekking trip, we went back to Aguas Calientes to catch the train back to Cusco.
I love using Vine to capture moments of my travels. You can follow me on Vine: https://vine.co/BethanyLooi