Interested in traveling to Peru to visit Machu Picchu? Follow us on our journey as we make our way through Peru to see one of the Seven wonders of the world. The flight from Atlanta is a little over 6 hours, not too bad for an international trip. This wasn’t at the top of my list of places to visit but hubby insisted that we go. For those of you that know me well, I definitely wasn’t going to turn down a great vacation.
Machu Picchu is located more than 7000 feet above sea level, it sits high up on the eastern slope of the Andes Mountains. When you arrive in Peru it is important to slowly adjust to the change in altitude. This allowed us a day to hang out and enjoy Lima, the capitol city of Peru.
After a short flight across the country, we arrived in Cuzco. This small city is located approximately 3.5 hours away from Machu Picchu by train. The elevation in Cuzco is more than 11,00 feet above sea level. You definitely notice that the air is thinner and that your breathing increases. For those that need assistance, oxygen is available at the hotel.
Did you know that you can eat Alpaca meat? Hubby, the foodie likes enjoys trying new things. Little did this Alpaca know that he would be dinner. Who cares that they’re cute!
To get to Machu Picchu, you have to take a 3.5 hour train ride and finally a bus up the mountain. Our trek started early in the morning and we arrived before noon.
On this day there were more than 5,000 visitors which is not unusual. The Incas built Machu Picchu in the 15th century. It was built as a retreat to worship natural resources and deities. The view from the mountains is beyond spectacular. It is amazing to see that this fortress was created with very few resources.
We can now add this to the list of the Seven Wonders of the world that we have visited. The next one on our list will be to the Great Pyramid at Giza, Egypt