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Sacred rocks & MP up close
Day 14 - Part 3 - Wider views & Train ride
After a brief walk past yesterday, we returned
early today for a full tour of Machu Picchu with rested legs and clean bodies.
Also, the group was reunited with Mats, Laura, Eva and
Anna after their walk on the higher-still Moonstone Trek.
We got to the bus queue before
05:00, as the buses start running at 05:30 and if you're not there early Machu
Picchu will already be packed by the time you get up there.
The buses had
to do a nifty 3-point turn to face the right way for the trip up to the entrance
of Machu Picchu. The turn involves reversing until the back of the bus hangs
over the river and stopping only when the back wheels hit the kerb. One dodgy
kerbstone and you're into the final scene of The Italian Job and a
chorus refrain of the 'This is the self-preservation society' - bit of
rubbish photo though (!)...
Bobby explaining the two plaques - the original Hiram Bingham one receives
some scorn nowadays as controversy still reigns around the large number of
artifacts that were squirrelled out of Peru without the authorities
realising or giving permission - the row rages on.
There were farmers
already living & working the site when Bingham 'rediscovered' it. To be fair
to him, he did bring it to the world's attention and some of the local
population were already spiriting gold and silver from the site and breaking
it up for sale. At least if Peru does recover the taken items from Yale
University, they'll be in one piece and their 'temporary' removal will have
served some good...
The light was beautiful at that time of the