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A few more comments on Machu Picchu

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After yesterday's post and my other very brief post on the trip, I thought it might be worthwhile to write something a little more in depth about our trip to Machu Picchu.

As I've mentioned previously, the primary way of getting into Machu Picchu takes you through Cusco and Aguas Calientes. Our flight from Buenos Aires had a short connection in Lima, Peru's capital. From the air Lima looked quite dirty and run down. Though it's a coastal city (bordering the pacific), it's also a desert city as the Sechura desert basically spans the entire coastline of Peru. We talked to a few other people who visited the city and it does sound like it has some nice areas that would be worth spending some time in.

Weekend trip to Machu Picchu

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A few weeks back Scott (MacRitchie) and I took a weekend trip to Machu Picchu in Peru. Scott came down to Buenos Aires for about 3 weeks to visit and do a little bit of traveling at the same time. It was great to spend some time with him.

If you've never heard of Machu Picchu before, or have heard of it but don't know what it is, it's basically these Incan ruins built high on a mountain top (and Wikipedia has a much better description). They weren't discovered until the early 1900's, and apparently the city was covered in gold and jewels when first discovered, however most of these were stolen by the first discoverers of the city. The city is so amazing partly due to it's very well protected location (the fact that it wasn't discovered until hundreds of years after the Spanish conquests of the Inca's).

In Rio (now with fine ass)

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Just thought I'd post a quick update on my trip. Been a pretty eventful couple of weeks, both work and travel-wise, so I've had no time to sift through my photos from Machu Picchu or blog at all.

Sam and I are now in Rio de Janeiro. We arrived Saturday night after 16h of travel (we bussed from Sao Paulo to Rio which was about 6h). It was a little sad checking out of the apartment we'd been living in for the last 2.5 months in Buenos Aires. We'll be here until the end of January before returning to our respective homes on the opposite side of the planet.

The hostel we booked had no air conditioning, and since we got here Rio has been about 35 degrees and up with some insane humidity. We needed to find something with A/C today so we moved from the hostel into a hotel for a few days before booking into an apartment this weekend.

Made it to Cusco

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Scott and I successfully made it to Cusco today... had to get up at 6am for our flight out of Buenos Aires and have a similar day tomorrow for the train ride into Machu Picchu, but it's all in good fun :).

Cusco is amazing so far, a really beautiful city. I've posted a few of the couple hundred I've taken.