from the airport of
city at 06:00 AM on a Lan Peru flight, I was
beginning a new visit to the
Sanctuary of Machu Picchu. In flight, I
was trying to imagine about this new alternative of how
to know and enjoy one of the most wonderful places of
Just to see,
from the air, the Andes Mountains, their snowy peaks and
lagoons, was only the first step to an eco-adventure.
the excellent on-board service, we arrived on-time at
07:15 on airport of
City, immediately get a taxi to transfer
(97 Km - 60 miles) from Cusco city, where I arrive at
08:50 AM, so I could aboard the train to Machu Picchu. I
had taken special care in get a window left side seat,
in order to have the best sightseeing of the landscapes
during the journey.
goes parallel at right shore of Urubamba river, and to
the other bank there is an extensive valley view, which
turns in canyons at some zones; the geography change
from Andean zone to the high jungle.
travel with this itinerary, let me be sure to avoid the
highlands sickness (soroche), this is because from the
arrival to Cusco (3,399 m.a.s.l.) up to Machu Picchu
Village (2,020 m.a.s.l) is all descend route, and so it
permits an excellent adaptation to height.
train journey, I could see majestic Incas constructions,
been the most emphasized the just restored Chachabamba
andenería (great terraces)
At 10:30 AM
we arrived at Kilometer 107, place known as "Parador de
Choquesuysuy" where the train stops only briefly and
passengers can get off the train; at that place we found
our guide, the porters and all the necessary equipment
for make the shortest version of "Inca
crossing a hanging bridge and enter to the Historical
Sanctuary of Machu Picchu, we made the register, and
took the "Inca Trail", beginning the ascension to the
mountains, all covered with abundant vegetation and
splashed by legendary Incas' constructions. From this
point, the birdwatchers, orchid, nature and adventure
lovers get confuse in deep feelings about the
integration and diversity of landscapes and
At my arrival
and discovery of Wiñay Wayna, I only had to pay cult to
the greatness reached by the
Culture. The place and landscape have an
indescribable beauty. We continue, after a light lunch,
to another high peak point, called "Intipunku", where we
enjoyed an amazing and allure sightseeing of
Picchu Inca Citadel. Then, we descend and
began the guided visit to the now considered one of the
"New 7 Wonders of the World".
At 5 PM,
after a complete visit of Machu Picchu citadel, we got
one of the minibuses in order to descend to Aguas
Calientes (Machu Picchu Village), a town that turns to
be the arrival point of the train Cusco - Machu Picchu.
event began the second part of my trip, and personally I
never wonder that there can be something else which
would make me surprise, after the ecstasies of passed
But I was
mistaken, because when entering to the
Inkaterra Machu Picchu Hotel was like alternating between
living pictures. Only a few places in the world, which I
had known, can be like this one.
with contemporary constructions, integrated to the
landscape and the nature, as an Andean village, inserted
in leafy forests with a rich biodiversity, where special
care have been taken for the vegetation distribution,
specially the flowers which perfume the atmosphere, and
the eucalyptuses fragrance at night.
After a quick
register at the hotel, I was invited to drink a
revitalize tea harvested in the own field of the hotel,
after that, a relaxing rests in my beautiful room.
Picchu Pueblo Hotel, is an ecological hotel designed in
accordance with boutique hotel standards, is not only
one of the best hotels in its class in Peru, but it has
received important international distinctions,
especially for ecological themes, emphasizing the
Geographic TRAVELER: Best practices in sustainable
travel (May-June 2002)
Orchid Society (AOS): Conservation award (1998).
The AOS has acknowledged that Machu Picchu Pueblo
Hotel has the world’s largest native orchid species
collection set in a natural environment in a private
facility (May 2001).
Nast Traveler: Included in the 1998 Hot List of
the world's best hotels
sunset, I went to the lobby to meet the hotel's
biologist Ms. Carmen Soto, who is in charge to maintain
the conservation projects, and so we began our first
tour inside the forests of the hotel.
"Gray to the
evening walk": This walk invites to meditation and
spiritualism, after follow beautiful marked footpaths,
we get inside the landscape and all the majesty
environment of one of the most magical places of the
world, where cosmic forces are concentrated.
walk, we stopped at Sacred Rock, with primitive drawings
where ancient Peruvians offered rituals to "Pachamama"
or Mother Earth; The "Rocotal" Observatory, with
spectacular views of the mountains, the opulent
landscape and a full stars sky.
At sunrise of
second day, well rest, relaxed and with a totally
revitalized soul, one more time I got the hotel lobby to
meet Ms. Carmen Soto and begin a new tour. Previously
informed, and only imagine that in all USA territory
there are only 13 hummingbirds species, and in the 15
hectares hotel forest exists 16 species, in addition of
other 141 birds species, 111 of butterflies, it was
spectacular only to imagine how conservation projects
and the excellent ecological treatment has allowed this
great biodiversity concentration.
surprising theme was
the hotel has joined and preserves 372 native orchids
species, which can be seen and contemplated. Before the
walk, we received a lists of plants, orchids and birds
species, which can be find, also binoculars and
magnifying glasses, and so professional and expert
Also we feel
great satisfaction when we knew and see a special
project for spectacled bear or Andean bear
(Tremarctos ornatus), the same that after been
found under captivity, are readapted in order to be
given back to its own habitat.
"Nature walk" took us through ecological footpaths
during one hour and a half, and allows integrating with
nature and share divinity creations. Medicinal plants,
bromeliads, fruits, aromatic herbs, birds, butterflies,
petroglyphs and more, gave us the chance to commitment
ourselves more with the best way of contribute with the
nature conservation and give value to that persons or
institutions which perform so admirable work. Also,
there are tours only for birdwatchers and orchid theme.
Inkaterra Machu Picchu
Hotel can also bring this tours to any tourist,
is not exclusive for its guests.
delicious and revitalize buffet lunch at "Cafe
InkaTerra", being 3:45 PM, I went to the train station
at Machu Picchu Village, only 15 minutes walking from
the hotel, for continue my trip to the America's
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