Machu Picchu, The Lost City Of The Incas

Number six in the series of the ‘New Seven Wonders of the World” are the Inca ruins at Machu Picchu, which is fitting as this year marks the 100th anniversary of their alleged discovery. The temples of Machu Picchu are located deep within the Andes Mountains in Peru and getting there is an adventure on its own.

Flying to Lima takes about seven hours, unless you have layovers. From there it is a one-hour flight to Cusco, high in the Andes. Cusco is in fact 1000 metres higher than Machu Picchu and it is important to allow enough time to acclimatize yourself to the altitude. It did not take long for my head to begin pounding from the lack of oxygen at 3500 metres above sea level.

I checked into my hotel, the Libertadore, a fantastic guesthouse and within walking distance of the town square. One of the walls in the restaurant of the hotel was built during the days of Pizarro when he led his conquest into South America. The hotel immediately gave me cocoa leaves to chew on to ease the discomfort from altitude sickness. I fortunately had the foresight to bring a bottle of liquid oxygen, which I added to my drinking water in an effort to help my body recuperate. I’m not sure which of the two cures worked but after three or four hours my headache began to subside and was nothing more than a dull ache in the back of my head. I made my way to the town square and spent the rest of the afternoon sitting quietly watching with fascination the descendants of the Inca People.

The next morning I arose at four and went to the train station to catch the only train to Machu Picchu. after spending several hours winding through the mountains we arrived at the town of Machu Picchu, located at the base of two mountains named Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu (old mountain and young m