The Road to Machu Picchu

Yesterday I stood atop the center of the world, where the Earth touches the heavens.  Machu Picchu, which means “old mountain” in Quechua is a sacred site, the axis mundi, or navel of the universe where the three levels of the universe, the sky, Pachu Mamma (earth), and underworld meet.  The world of the Andean culture stretches out in all four sacred directions from the site to the corners of the earth.

We started our pilgrimage at 6:30 in the morning, taking a bus from Cusco to Ollantaytambo.  Once there we boarded a train for Machu Picchu Village – a 2 hour ride.  Then another bus up the mountain to the site.  A four-hour trip in all.  It was so worth it!  The air at Machu Picchu is tangibly electric.  My first glimpse of the site came as we rounded the last turn on the bus.  It was every bit as spectacular as I thought it would be.  

We spent 4 hours exploring the site


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