05.10.2006 - 07.10.2006 22 °C
This will be my final travelblog of this trip.
The last couple of days I have seen more Inca temples than I needed to see actually. But Machu Picchu is really amazing though. It`s not the ruins itself but the stunningly beautiful setting it is in, surrounded by high mountains, peaks and a very green and lush vegetation. Butterflies, birds and other colourful animals surround you, as well as some orchids.
You can just sit up there for hours and soak it all in, trying to imagine how people lived here, and more important, how they build it. Discoverd relatively recent in 1911 by Hiram Bingham, it now is one of the most characteristic icons of south america and probably of the world. And visiting it is surely worth every penny or minute of travelling.
After Machu Picchu I also visited the Sacred Valley between Cuzco and Ollantaytambo, with more Inca temples in for example Pisac and Ollantaytambo itself. Although again very impressive and set in a mountain background, it`s the same as with asian temples....after a couple you have seen it actually. And of course, because there is so little known about the Inca period (they did not have any writings useful for scientific research), part of visiting the sites goes together with insecure theories and lots of `we think` and `possibly` quotes. So history goes along with rather vague theories, which of course makes you wonder a lot more and keeps it a secret as well. And maybe that is the real charme of visiting this Inca area, not knowing all the details about their history.
And saying this, I thank you all for reading and some for their comments on my travel blogs.