The most interesting fact about the Quechua people, the working class of the Inca empire, is that they never allowed negative thoughts to enter their minds. Because the Incas and Quechua people do not remember bad things...we have to guess what happened to the abandoned city on the mountain top of Machu Picchu. It is believed that Small Pox, not the Spaniards, decimated the village.
The Spaniards conquered the rest of Peru, pilfering gold off their temples and digging up their village homes— to steal the gold buried under them. The Gold was planted under their homes by the Quechua people as a gift for "Mother Earth."
The Quechua were great farmers and still today live happy peaceful lives—despite their history. Machu Picchu has remained Sacred and is worth a trip to visit this beautiful location nestled in the Mountains with the winding Urubamba River running like a snake below. It is truly breath-taking to stand on the highest peak "Wayna Picchu" and touch the rock perched out over the edge, which was once the "TEMPLE OF THE MOON."
Behind Machu Picchu is Wayna Picchu. I had not heard of this mountain before arriving. It's about 60 dollars US per person for a 1-day pass to visit both sites, 50 dollars to visit just Machu Picchu.
We stayed in Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley at El Albergue Ollantytmbo Bed and Breakfast for three days before taking the Muchu Picchu train to the town of Aguas Calientes. The Machu Picchu Train ride was 40 scenic minutes, with coffee and snacks. We arrived at the train station in the mountain town of Aguas Calientes, what the locals call, Machu Picchu Village. Here we purchased our tickets, which are limited, for Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu. They have bank machines to change your money, which must be in Soles for the park tickets. Wayna Picchu, (Quechua: "Young Peak") is also known as Huayna Picchu and is 1,600 feet above Machu Picchu.
David and I spent two days at the sacred site of Machu Picchu. The first day we walked around Machu Picchu and the second day we had tickets to climb Wayna Picchu. This is an hour walk up to the top and an hour down, its like walking the steps of Mordor in Lord of the Rings—very auspicious and magical.
|Huayna Picchu, Wayna Picchu|
We stayed on the top of the mountain within the mountains of the sacred site of Machu Picchu, at the Sanctuary Lodge. It was our honeymoon night, which is why we spent the most we have ever spent in our life for one night. We had an hour massage and a view of Machu Picchu from our balcony window. The Sanctuary Lodge is right next to the entrance of Machu Picchu and after breakfast you can enter the park at 6 am— first to see the sunrise over the sacred site.
When touring Machu Picchu, I would suggest staying in the town 30 minutes below the mountain—in the city of Aguas Calientes. In the morning you can take a bus 30 minutes up the mountain to the park. I saw an elegant hotel at the base of Machu Picchu Village right on the Urubamba River river, next to the bus stop. The name is the Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel it is a much better deal than the Sanctuary Lodge, however it is still expensive $275 per night. There are many inexpensive hostels in town as well so there are options to fit any travel budget. You can buy a bus ticket to the site, at 7:30 am and get there around 8:00 am. Buses leave the village of Machu Picchu every 20 minutes and they provide a breath-taking 30 minutes of winding jungle views as you climb up the steep mountain to where Machu Picchu rests. You can also walk the Inca Trail for three days if you have more time than we did.
Machu Picchu stands untouched today and is now protected by the park service. You will need your pass port to enter Machu Picchu and you sign a guest book to enter and leave Wayna Picchu. The site is estimated to be 600 years old and built entirely by hand with no mortar. Peru has had many earthquakes, which have flatten many cities, but not Machu Picchu. The hand carved blocks that were used to build the city are said to "dance" that is they bounce through the tremors and then fall back into place. From the looks of this place it must have taken thousands of people to build it and they only lived here for estimated 20 years, before abandoning it.
In the sacred site of Machu Picchu they grew corn and other fruits and vegetables in terraces that look like giant steps. Their gardens must have been over flowing with vegatation based on the many ellabrate terraces spread all over the mountaintop and the moist mountain air that is always kissing the land. Corn is believed to be their main crop. They even made a purple corn drink, "Pisco sour" and amazing Tamales, which we really enjoyed! I loved it here! The most precious moment was at 6 am the second morning when we entered the park on the day we were scheduled to climb Wayna Picchu. It was sunrise as we walked into the scared site—having stayed on the peak over night at the Sanctuary Lodge. Birds sung to us. It was as if their tiny voices echoed among the large mountains, so perfect you felt as though Heaven were on Earth!
When you visit Machu Picchu— I recommend staying at the best hotel in the Sacred Valley, El Albergue Hotel— Ollantytmbo Bed and Breakfast. Natalie, who works the front desk after 2 PM EST can organize any activity you would like to try; riding horses, tours and purchasing tickets for Machu Picchu. I recommend using a guide to tour the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. Natalie's husband, Paul, is a very knowledgeable guide. Paul's English is great and he is spiritually warm and grew up in the Sacred Valley! Paul can guide you up the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, take you to the Wisdom Temple in the Sacred Valley, to the famous Pisco Market in the Sacred Valley, on a dancing horse "Peruvian Paso" and even on a rafting trip down the Urubamba River!
Akashic Records of Machu Picchu, explain the disappearance of the natives in Machu Picchu as "mental advancement". They left earth after completing the lessons on creating "reality, which is said to be the final Earth's lesson, to become gods who create, and take responsibility for the whole. Some left for other dimensions and some went into the earth. "Interesting, I thought, and upon further investigating I was lead to The World Sound Healing Conference in San Francisco to hear a lecture on The Quantum Harmonic Oscillator. The room went dark and three pyramids projected on a large screen.
"You can hear the sound of "nature" between the Pyramids of Giza," Dr. Susan Yale said, pausing, "it's a perfect F Sharp." No one moved. She spoke slowly, "If you knew there was a place in the world where you could hear God, would you go?" I always wanted to swim in the Nile. From my memoir, "From Hollywood to God" on Amazon and Kindle books.