10 Questions You Never had about Machu Picchu

During my visit to Machu Picchu, I loaded up with a bunch of useless facts, anecdotes, and quirky information. I actually also got some important questions answered, too. Some of these are things I actually wondered, while other information has no other place to find shelter than in this blog. I’ll try to mix the serious and the goofy ones, but am not making any promises!

1) Are there llamas in Machu Picchu? Read more

Wayna Picchu Exploration: A Complete Guide

Sooo… What is Wayna Picchu?

If you look at the official Peruvian site to buy tickets to Machu Picchu, it might get a little confusing as to what exactly is Wayna Picchu and why it’s in a different category than “montaƱa,” which means ‘mountain’ in Spanish. While I did go over the differences in my post on ‘How to get to Machu Picchu,’ let me re-iterate that it is a mountain that overlooks Machu Picchu. There are two mountains, ‘Machu Picchu Mountain’ and ‘Wayna Picchu Mountain,’ both of which require additional tickets to enter (besides the basic Machu Picchu ticket). It should also be noted that you are not allowed to enter both mountains on the same day. If you want to visit both, you should buy tickets on separate days and they ONLY come as a bundle ticket with the basic Machu Picchu entrance.

That is Wayna Picchu in the back.
That is Wayna Picchu in the back and on the right.

Should I Visit Wayna Picchu?

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Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu

Location: Aguascalientes/Machu Picchu Pueblo, Cusco, Peru

Visited: June 27, 2013

Site Type: Mixed (Cultural and Natural)

Background and Opinion:

In the time leading up to my Peru trip, I found out about a place known as Huacachina. The existence of a true oasis biome on the American continent made me doubt whether or not Machu Picchu would even be the highlight of my trip. My first glance at the secret city of the Inca (spelled ‘Inka’ in Peru, which means ‘king’) erased any doubt. Machu Picchu is often what comes to mind when people think of Peru for a good reason. It is truly a spectacle to witness.

Panoramic - Machu Picchu
I don’t know how people did it before digital photography. There is no way I could limit the amount of pictures I take to just a few dozen.

The ancient ruins known as Machu Picchu are one of, if not THE best Read more

Machu Picchu Bound! My Peru Itinerary

Just as this article gets posted, I will be hopping on a plane bound to Peru. Well actually, that is not entirely true as I have two stops in the USA. I haven’t been in US soil for almost three years, so I am really looking forward to it. My major layover is in Miami, Florida, a part of the country I have always wanted to visit, but never got around to it. Here is a rundown of my Peru itinerary, in the hopes of inspiring others to plan ahead, get out, and explore.


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June 22

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