Machu Picchu

A cold wind takes us over the Altiplano in Peru. The land is desolate and we only see Guanaco's. These Lama like animals with thick fur
are better equipped for the cold wind than us. After a hard day riding in the cold we pitch our tent and make a hot soup to recover.
It gets very cold at night and in the morning the bikes and tent are covered with frost. It's a hard life for the Indians here.
They keep sheep and lama's for meat and wool. A beautiful winding road brings us to Ollantaytambo, an old Incatown.
People tell us that it is possible to ride on our bikes to Machu Picchu. So we follow a small road that later changes into a track.
But we can ride on. Then the track gets really narrow and ends and only a railway goes on. When we ride our suzi's on the railway
kids start to shout and wave. We wave back. But suddenly we hear a horn and a train is heading to us. As quick as possible
we move our bikes away from the railway track. We just made it...











This is as far as we can go...

The next morning we take the local train from Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu. Slowly the train crawls up the mountain.
All the seats in the train are taken and we stand with 14 people at the platform of the train. A little boy who sell peanuts makes
his way through us and climbes from our wagon on the outside to the other wagon...

Machu Picchu is the most famous Inca ruin and is build on a high mountain saddle. On the slopes are terraces which the Inca's used for farming.
The ruin is in a good state because the Spanish conquistadores did not discover it. It is only rediscovered in 1911 and after taken away the jungle
a city appeared. A city of palaces, temples, houses, stairs and terraces. The big stones of the buildings are manufactured by the Inca's in such
a way that they fit exactly on each other. Really amazing. When we walk around we can sense the mystics of the ancient Inca's.

Machu Picchu


Winding roads to the Altiplano                            Guanaco's                                                Cold nights on the Altiplano