Our Day at Machu Picchu

Our morning started off with a two hour train ride. We boarded at the Ollantaytambo train station in the Sacred Valley. Our destination was the Aguas Calientes train station.

From Aguas Calientes, we boarded a bus which took us up the switch back roads to the entrance of Machu Picchu. It was a 20 minute bus ride. We had to show our passports along with our entrance tickets.

In July of 1911, North American, Hiram Bingham, who was an explorer and history professor, discovered the lost Inca city of Machu Picchu. Peruvians do not like to credit Hiram Bingham with the discovery, but Hiram's expeditions brought Machu Picchu to the attention of the world.

Machu Picchu is believed to have been a city for Inca nobility. Out of the one hundred and seventy three skeleton remains of Incas found inside Machu Picchu (the rest of the Incas living and working in Machu Picchu would've been buried outside of Machu Picchu), one hundred and fifty of them were women. These women may have been the "women chosen by the sun".

Incas may have believed rocks were alive and could change to human shape if desired.

As you can see, Machu Picchu was built on planes or terraces.

Most of what we know about Machu Picchu are the best speculations of Hiram Bingham and other historians who studied Machu Picchu.

According to Bingham's records, no gold or silver artifacts were found in Machu Picchu.

This (above) was the temple of the sun. Incas worshipped the sun and other natural elements.

Underneath the temple of the sun is a royal tomb.

A lot of ceramic pieces were found in Machu Picchu. It is believed the Incas broke ceramic on the ground to give thanks to the land, which they worshipped.

It was common for Incas to build structures with only three walls, one of which was taller than the others.

All of the windows and doors are a trapezoid shape.

This lost city was kept hidden from the Spanish conquistadors.

This was a wonderful family vacation.

My four amazing children. I am so blessed.

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