In february 2010 i got an sms from my mom saying something like «What do you say about going to the Amazon rainforest, see the Andes, Machu Picchu and the Titicaca Lake?» I was sooo excited and the time flew up until the day in July when the plane took off to the west coast of South America.
Visiting Machu Picchu was spectacular, I was fascinated by it all. From Picaq we took the Orient Express train along the beautiful Vilcanota river. What was even more beautiful than the river was the mountains on each side of the valley. Through the windows on the train roof we could see mountains as high as 6.000 metres above sea level. And another great thing about this train was the food. I´ve never before been served with napkins, knives and forks on a train.
The small city Machu Picchu Pueblo is situated between steep and green mountains and to get to the Inka city itself we had to take a bus up the sides of one mountain. It was a scary bus-ride early in the morning, but when we arrived at the gates of Machu Picchu, it was all forgotten.
When the Spaniers came to Peru in 1532 it led to the fall of the Inca empire. The Inca capital Cuzco was conquered and the Incas were driven up in the Andes mountains were they fought battles against the Spaniers. The rumors about the welth of the Incas made foreigners search Peru for treasures. Alot was found but Machu Picchu remained a secret. It was rediscovered in 1911 by Hiram Bingham and is now on the UNESCO´s world heritage list.
I hope as many as possible get the chance to visit Machu Picchu, for me it was a memory for life.