Day 10: Machu Picchu & Huanya Picchu

Intiwatana Observatory

The weather wasn’t as great on my second day to Machu Picchu. There was a prolonged fog and it even rained a little. On the plus side, the fog does add to the mystery of the place.

Soon after I got into the site, I met Scott and Karissa, a couple from Arizona that were also exploring Machu Picchu and heading up to Huayna Picchu. We browsed the Machu Picchu site briefly, then headed over to the gate for Huayna Picchu.

Huanya Picchu is steep, but fairly short. We made our way up quicker than most, though the humidity made it a little more challenging. Near the top Scott found some steep stairs that led to a narrow moss covered passage. We went through it and had a lookout point all to ourselves. Unfortunately, with the fog, we couldn’t see much.

We spent a good portion of the morning on Huayna Picchu before heading back down. There Karissa and Scott continued to explore and I headed back to Aguas Calientes. Their company certainly made the day more enjoyable.

Back in Aguas Calientes I decided to try a local delicacy, guinea pig. I didn’t care for it. There is meat on a guinea pig that tastes similar to chicken. But there is also meat on it that doesn’t taste like chicken. Some parts of it were pretty chewy and there wasn’t a whole lot of meat on it to begin with. I took a picture of it, but decided not to post it. It’s not an animal I would eat again.

Later I saw some folks that I ran into on Huanya Picchu. We chatted for a bit and they asked me to join them for drinks. It was a good way to pass some time. I also tried Pisco Sours, which are kind of like margaritas. They were pretty good.

Tomorrow I’m off to Ollantaytambo.

Edit: Link to the guinea pig photo, should you chose to see it:


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