21.10.2012 25 °C
5 am: Getting up and ready, having really delicious breakfast in the hostel that is prepared fresh for everyone, and preparing some sandwiches for the day.
Climbing Machu Picchu: Inca stairs are f*** exhausting to climb! Each one is different – long, short, high, low, narrow, wide,… just crazy! A lot of sweat, a lot of heaving breathing, and a lot of swearing – but the amazing landscape and the beautiful view was worth the pain! The view over the mountains, which were still partly covered in fog and mist, was wonderful and mystical.
Atop Machu Picchu: Finally atop we deserved a short break, changed the dripping wet shirts, and used the ONLY (!!) bathroom in MP. So we continued to the first view point and took some touristy-pics. The view was breathtaking – Waynapicchu was still covered in fog and the heavy clouds slowly lifted up upon the Inca-city and revealed its full gorgeousness. Simply: beautiful!
After taking all this in, it was time for a snack – sandwich and fruits, but the hunger was not gone. Breakfast has just been 2 hours ago, but the hike really made us hungry… well, can’t eat everything at once, they day just started!
The first part of the Inca-city was discovered with the help of some tour groups – pretty nice to just stop wherever something seems interesting and wait for a guide to drag along the sheep and tell us all the history we wanted to know
Slowly it was getting really hot and the sun was burning down on us, but we still had to climb Waynapicchu – so off we went to the entrance. Already waiting outside in line to register in the book before entering (jap, one also needs to check out afterwards to make sure that all came back) was a already a pain. But luckily Waynapicchu is so steep that the path runs right along the cliff and is covered with bushes and small trees, meaning one gets to hike up in the shade of the mountain itself. Still, all this nice shade is only because the mountain is so steep, meaning one really needs to climb up, meaning all the shade that helps not to sweat in the sun doesn’t really help – one sweats because of other reasons!
Waynapicchu: The hike seemed even more exhausting than the first one of the day, but again every step was worth the pain. Sometimes it was so steep that one needed to hold onto a rope and people have to wait for one another in order to have enough space on the narrow path.
Atop we climbed through narrow caves, over ruins, the view over MP and over the Inca-city is beautiful, and on one of the terraces we decided to have our lunch break and finished pretty much all of what was left. The downhill hike was even more exhausting, but we already felt like we’ve seen a lot, so taking more time didn’t hurt and it even gave us the chance to be up there pretty much alone, which led the nature to expose itself in its full beauty – we came across several animals we wouldn’t have seen otherwise, as for example a snake directly next to my foot
Back in the Inca-city the motivation was almost gone – as was the water in our bottle! So we went to look for some water – truly a challenge, but we managed and finally rested next to the temple of the sun. People viewing was just the right thing in that moment, until our attention was captured by some chinchillas, who were chillin’ inside the temple of the sun (which by the way is closed for all visitors!).
We decided to return to Aguas Calientes by foot over the bus path, as Inca-stairs downhill are even less fun than uphill – well, we didn’t think that the way would be that much longer & it took us about 3 hours to get back to Aguas Calientes, where we half-dead dropped into a restaurant – the hunger was still not gone
Back in the hostel we barely managed to enjoy the hot shower before we fell into a deep sleep for about 14 hours – after all we hiked for about 12 hours that day!