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,
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.
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
I’d been awoken a couple of times during the night, the most noticeable when the roof of my tent collapsed in on me. It turns out that the altitude and temperatures meant it wasn’t rain, but snow that fell all night long. Being a three-season tent, the sides aren’t that steep, and so the snow had piled up on my tent and caused the roof to fall in. Thankfully the poles bounced straight back when I pushed up from inside and trampolined all the snow down the sides. They of course
I woke up a couple of times during the night needing to go to the loo, and then again at 4am. I’d been told to put my mat on the floor of the room that the caretaker slept in, and given the pile of flags that normally fly from the municipal building to use as a pillow. Well, at 4am, the caretaker decided to start chatting away, I responded a little before rolling over and back to sleep, but at just past 5:30am he did the same. He had been excited to have a foreigner sleeping in the same