Machu Picchu, Peru – 7 Wonders of the World & UNESCO Site

Machu Picchu, Peru was a couple of years dream come true.   It was a whirlwind for us to get to Peru: close to 12 hours of air travel between airports, airlines and airport lounges.   Once we landed in Cusco, Peru we forgot the number of hours it took us to get to Cusco.  It was breathtaking! This was just “Cusco,” one of the central cities of Peru.

Most travelers make a stop in Cusco to experience the numerous cathedrals, museums, cafes, local restaurants and, of course, bargain shopping.  Altitude was an issue for the friends who came with us to Peru. She ended up at the Medic just as we pulled up to the gates of the Pisac Ruins. The locals remedy for altitude sickness is to simply drink lots of Cocoa tea. We drank a lot of this altitude-deterrent Cocoa Tea, which was great! Loved it!! After a couple of cups you, begin to appreciate why the locals are so in love with the cocoa tea – and wonder why they didn’t think of adding a few ounces of Pisco Sour to it 😉

From Pisac we took Peru Rail to Aguas Caliente, a small town near Machu Picchu. We spent 3 days in Aguas Caliente.  We came in to Aguas Caliente in the dark of night, so we didn’t get to see the scenery as we hustled through the markets with our two Hotel escorts.  The Tree House was truly in the middle of huge trees on top of yet another mountain.  It took us 10 to 15 minutes to walk up the concrete steps just to get to the Tree House.  Once we got to our room, it was a beautiful ecological hotel environment. But, a nightmare for the typical “Modern Person” – No TV, No Radio, No A/C, No Heat, No Refrigerator. Truly an eco-friendly hotel built out of wood, from the inside out.

We woke up to the most beautiful, breath-taking view of Machu Picchu.  Oh my gosh! It was so, so, so amazing…. The Tree House is surrounded by mountains! I can visualize an aerial view of where we are…we would definitely be in the midst of the mountain.  We decided to take a “walk about” and discover quaint, little Aguas Caliente. We ate at one of the many outdoor cafés, we shopped at the local market for the obligatory souvenirs, we drank MORE cocoa tea, then we ate Peruvian food for dinner and most of all – we had a totally relaxing day just walking around, sitting in cafés and watching up at the beautifully magnificent mountains.

We headed up to Machu Picchu on a rainy morning.  We took the bus from Aguas Caliente for about 30 minutes up the mountain, where we stopped for coffee before we visited Machu Picchu.  Oh, my gosh! My first glimpse of that picturesque scene from every National Geographic magazine was truly spectacular! It was the exact image from those magazines.  I was mesmerized by the AWE of it all.  Words cannot begin to describe the feeling of the peacefulness, the feeling you get once you step foot into the Ruins.  The fog that morning made it even more mystical.

We climbed up to the top of Huayna Picchu (aka WaynaPicchu) whereupon the view looking DOWN on Machu Picchu was surreal…. There is nothing like a bird’s eye view to truly get a sense of the immensity of MP!

On top of Huayna Picchu, we had a box lunch prepared by the fine chef @ the Rupa Wasi Tree House where we spent our days in MP. After lunch, we hung around, took (more) pics, relaxed, and generally enjoyed the scenery and view of MP below and the surrounding moutainscapes. This was indubitably a Wonder of the World, a sight to behold before you move onto true heavenly sight.

View the pics on our photo site 7 Wonders of the World Site is Inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List

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