Machu Picchu and the Sun Gate
My Dream Trip to Machu Picchu
below made me feel as though I was the first outsider to see this amazing and wonderful sight. My first glimpse of the ruins of Machu Picchu will be forever etched into my memory. Santiago maneuvered us around the many people and we never felt crowded. We were very impressed with the engineering and architectural skills of the Incas. They worshiped Mother Earth, the sun and water. I was determined to hike to the Sun Gate, so Zed, Santiago and myself started up the trail. The other family went back to Aguas Calientes to meet us later for the train. I had to stop and rest a couple of times, but reached the top in good time. I was disappointed when we first got to the top as the ruins were hidden by clouds. After a few minutes, the clouds dissipated and we had a wonderful view of the ruins, the road up to the mountain and the river. The mist made for some fantastic pictures. I felt like everything was working to make this trip perfect for me. The hotel on Machu Picchu was once a museum. We boarded the bus at noon and once we reached Aguas Calientes, we boarded the train and were met by our driver and van at Ollantaytambo for the hour and a half ride back to Cusco. I was delightfully tired and ready to shower. However, when we went to retrieve our bags at our Cusco hotel, we were told we did not have a reservation. After about 30 minutes of talking, Santiago had taken care of matters for us and we walked a few blocks to their sister hotel for the night.