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Has anyone here been to Machu Picchu?

Asked by jonsblond (38511 points ) November 7th, 2012

I doubt if I’ll ever get a chance to visit, but it is on my bucket list of places I’d like to see. Can you tell me about your journey? Every bit of detail will be appreciated. Thank you.

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gailcalled's avatar

Does it count that my daughter went? She was in very good shape and still found there was a lot of huffing and puffing. But the beauty and history made up for it.

I also have a very good friend, in her fifties, with two hip replacements, who went. She spent a long time training for the trip before she left. She also thought it was an extraordinary adventure (she chose to take transport as far as possible. My daughter was more intrepid and did more voluntary hiking.)

They both did their homework beforehand and so needed to ask fewer questions.

My friend compares it to her trip to the Great Wall of China. For the record, she has a new knee and is, this very minute, in New Zealand, kayaking and on her way to the Great Barrier Reef. She is prepared to be a mendicant with a begging bowl when she retires.

tedd's avatar

It doesn’t really count, but my older brother went a few years ago.

Said it was pretty awesome.

janbb's avatar

My mother went….loved it. On my bucket list too.

GracieT's avatar

Went last year, loved it- not entirely what I expected. Higher elevation than I expected, we were taken there first by train and then by van.
Ride up was terrifying. Mountains around it are beautiful. It was a larger area
than I expected. Some of the ruins were higher elevation and more perilous than I could take. It’s set in the Andes- I
think. People are in it trying to help preserve it w/o ruining it by strengthening it, rock by
rock! It was “discovered” by a man with last name of Bingham in the late 1800s or
early 1900s. I thought that the best thing is that they use llamas to keep grass cut. How cool is that?

Symbeline's avatar

No. But I have to say, it would be beyond kickass if I ever got to go.

ucme's avatar

Yes @GracieT has, I know this because I just read it.

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