November 1 - 2011

Machu Picchu !

 Machu Picchu !

I still had five days before returning to France after the contest in Pacasmayo, and the weather forecast was not so good …

I am in Peru, in Peru there is Machu Picchu, I always dreamed to go to Machu Picchu, I go to Machu Picchu. simple equation.
And with friends Meli Gil and Etienne Lhote we managed to organize those 5 days on the road.

We took a bus all night and then fly to Cusco from Lima with Peruvian airlines, a day in Cusco to manage the altitude (we found a cheap hotel near the “Plaza de Armas”) and appreciate the ancient capital of the Incas, then a train from Cusco to Aguas Caliente with Peru rail and then a bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu.

Wake up at 4:30am, it was raining, we bought ponchos, and took the bus.

We arrived at 6am, everything was white, we swam with our beautiful ponchos, yellow and blue, between the clouds.
After 2 minutes to scan the area, suddenly, like a curtain lifted for a show, the clouds disappeared. And there! i felt in Love.

Some will say “yes there are too many tourists, it was better before” … as everywhere it’s sure. But personally it will be one of my favorite places.
Then we climb the Huayna Picchu, the mountain on top of Machu Picchu, all barefoot, because with my flip flop i was sliding too much, then we walked 2 hours to go to the big cave (an House in the rocks).

Back to Macchu Picchu, the sun came finally out, we put our things to dry in the grass and enjoy a panoramic view of the place.
First in last out, 11 hours on site, I would have love to sleep here.
The place is magical, a bit like Easter Island, there is a little something extra that makes you love the place.
Ok historic buildings are like some that we can find in Brittany in France, made of granite. But the place, the mountains, the caldera surrounding these two mountains that sit in the middle of this circus, clouds, greenery, all this makes a unique place.

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