The Team

Susan Carder
Mary Ann Foster
Chandra Kudsia
Dev Kudsia
Rajeev Kudsia
Peter Troop
Kathy Yates

Trek Leader
Sanjay Saxena

Peruvian Guides
Guido Huaman
Lixayda Vasquez

Itinerary

Arrival Day - Lima
Sacred Valley
Cusco
Trek Day 1
Trek Day 2
Trek Day 3
Trek Day 4
Trek Day 5
Trek Day 6
Machu Picchu
Last Day in Peru



Featuring the Mountain Lodges of Peru
October 25 to November 7, 2013

Greetings from the trekking group to Peru.

Monday, November 4th – EXPLORING MACHU PICCHU & WANYU PICCHU

Tour Schedule: We wake up early to have breakfast at the hotel and armed with a picnic lunch we make our way to the nearby bus station for the 30-minute ride up to Machu Picchu. Proceeding through the modern information center and entrance, you walk up ancient carved Inca steps and onto the terrace overlooking the Machu Picchu complex (Machu Picchu, meaning “Old Mountain,” is the name of the tall peak on whose ridge the “town” of Machu Picchu is built; the well-known “sugarloaf” peak sitting astride the site is actually Wanyu Picchu, or “Young Mountain”). This is simply one of the world’s most amazing travel moments. Although and often photographed iconic site, Machu Picchu is one of those rare places that truly lives up to the hype. Often the site is shrouded in cloud and mist early in the morning, but as the sun’s rays penetrate the cloud cover and burn off the haze, the site in all of its glory reveals itself. With the famed Wanyu Picchu standing sentinel over the ancient city, Machu Picchu seemingly looks to have stepped out of the pages of history.


From Chandra:
All of us and Guido took the 10 am bus to MP, zig zag/switch back bus ride with ever changing views of the mountains. Machu Picchu means 'old mountain', where the major ruins are. Following the ridgeline is another mountain named Wanyu Picchu meaning the 'young' mountain. One has to travel some distance and go down many steps to reach the base of WP. This day, the first item on our itinerary was to climb this mountain for panoramic views of the inca City. It looked formidable, high and very steep. Mary Ann wisely decided to forego this climb and instead spend the time among the ruins. As we started the climb, Susan said more than once that she would likely turn back soon. Somehow, slowly (Susan & I) with encouragement from Sanjay who was following closely behind us, up we went and made it to the top to join Peter, Kathy, Dev and Rajeev.

 

left: Start of the trail to Wanyu Picchu - Urubamba River to the right

The scenery was spectacular, of the ruins and a 360 view of the mountains. Words cannot capture what you see and feel, photos help but are no match to comprehend the beauty, the scale that we witnessed in person. We rested, took lots of photos, enjoyed a small lunch before heading down.

Here are some photos from the top of Wanyu Picchu.


View of Machu Picchu from (almost) the top of Wanyu Picchu

Going down was tough; Rajeev and Dev took good care of Dad going down, Sanjay and Guido were always there to help if needed.

Next on the list, survey of the ruins. The Inca ruins at Machu Picchu are spread over a large area at different levels separated by terraces. Temples devoted to the Sun, Condor (Incas worshipped the bird), astronomy, meeting places and so on. It was a place of learning and visitations by nobility, entrance controlled at the Sungate and other trails. The ruins represent the best of Inca empire, stone structures (curves to accommodate stresses) made to last. The magnificence of these structures, it's location and trails leading to it is a testament of the great accomplishment of the Incas. Silence of these structures, sadly, is also a reminder of how humanity (in this case, Spanish conquistadors) is capable of destroying an entire culture, it's artifacts and people.

Following are various views of the "Lost City of the Inca"s at Machu Picchu


The Urubamba River cut the dramatic gorge around Machu & Wanyu Picchu mountains


Double rainbow graced us for most of the afternoon

 


temple dedicated to the Condor


restored wall to the left with the original on the right


This llama is not 'photo shopped' in; a small herd of llamas were grazing on the terraces
on both of the days that we visited Machu Picchu


Click the above image to play the timelapse,
I shot this sequence over an hour during the late afternoon of November 4, 2013

Final day in Peru