Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

Chichén Itzá, Cristo Redentor, Taj Mahal, Colosseum, Great Wall of China, Petra and Machu Picchu – the seven ‘wonders of the world’. I’d been to four of them, and Machu Picchu would make it five.

Not a huge amount is known about Machu Picchu, it mainly seems to be speculation as the Incas didn’t keep records. It was built by the Incas around 1440, according to dating, and they stayed there for about 90 years. It was abandoned soon after the Spanish arrived in Peru

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Off to Machu Picchu

Off to Machu Picchu

The three iconic places in Peru are Lake Titicaca, Machu Picchu and the Nazca Lines. In Cusco, as well as being offered massages and shiny shoes at every corner, there are always people trying to sell you a tour to Machu Picchu (MP). Those with ridiculous amounts of money can take the Hiram Bingham train, named after the American who is credited with discovering MP, at a mere $400 per person each way for the 3 hour journey

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Crawling into Cusco

Crawling into Cusco

I’d had a couple of loo visits during the night, and wasn’t feeling great when the day started. I got about 10km, before stopping for over an hour for a breakfast of omelette and coca tea which I hoped would give me the energy I needed to get to Cusco. About 10km of exhausted pedalling later, I stopped by a speed bump, stuck my thumb out and was picked up by the first truck that came past. He helped me put the bike in the back, I could barely lift it, and then told me to come and sit

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