Today was a day devoted to the discovery of a preeminent destination in one of the most famous Andean trails. Machu Picchu, a Unesco World Heritage Site, is a fort situated in the “Sacred Valley of the Inkas” at an altitude of 2,400 m approx. The name means “old mountain” in Quechua, and, you’d better pronounce it right, unless you want to say “old male genitals” instead! The day started with a guided tour through a misty and muddy maze of terraces interlaced with sturdy structures made of giant blocks of carved granite that have been identified as temples, workshops and private houses. It ended quite unexpectedly with a fashion show on the train back.
Thank you to Jessica and Carlos, our ticket controllers at Peru Rail, who also did the catwalk, thus giving us the opportunity to see and feel the amazing alpaca textiles once more!
* The first c in Picchu is pronounced as k*; International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) transcripion: [ˈmatʃu ˈpiktʃu]).