We visited Sacsayhuaman and Ollantaytambo Inca sites before we reached Macchu Pichu!
We walked from Cucso up to Sacsayhuaman and it was spectacular! The largest Inca stone is here – no one know how they moved it all the way from the quarry. There is an Inca ‘slide’ that us believed to have been used by the children as a play slide.
Ollantaytambo is an hour and half away on a mini bus from Cusco. A windy and bumpy road! Jack threw up on the bus and we were glad to be off in the town! The Inca ruins were high up and we climbed all the way through the gate up to the highest point. Overlooking Ollantaytambo was just amazing! At the very end, we found what looked like to be a small village, complete with water pipes, washing area, communal area and we thought ‘armchairs’ carved into the stone. Just amazing!
We then got the train a few days later, to Aguas Calliente, the nearest town to get to Macchu Pichu.
The train had glass ceiling panels so we saw the Andes all the way up, despite the rain! We stayed in a hotel right on the Ollantaytambo river which was so loud and running super fast! Next morning, very early, we caught the bus (which we had to book and pay for the night before) to Macchu Pichu. It was a long road with many hairpin bends which took about 40 minutes. We could see glimpses of the Inca site and the Inca trail.
We got there around 6am and it was not busy! We practically had the place to ourselves. You have to have a guide to go in, so we hired a guide who chatted to us on the bus going up. We learned about the Sun gate, that is perfectly positioned for when the sun comes up and the light shines through the middle. The Stone that is pointing towards the North Star when it is Summer Solstice on June 21st and the temple that Hiram Bingham found under a mass of overgrowth. It was sinister, sureal, spiritual and AWESOME!!