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Evan and the Lost City of machu Pichu
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Machu Pichu

Machu Picchu
The "Lost City" of the Incas

A young Peruvian boy
led a great American explorer
to this "lost city" in 1911

Today we flew in a helicopter to Machu Picchu. When we were on the helicopter we saw some meteorite craters down below.  When we landed in Aguas Calientes (hot waters) the pilot let me sit in the cockpit of the helicopter with the headphones and microphone on. The pilot was very nice. 

From the helicopter landing we walked along the train tracks and river to our hotel. It was a pretty neat place and the food was good. I had some smoked trout. It was great!

We flew in this helicopter from Cusco...
and I pretended that I was the pilot!
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Helicopter Pilot
We had a tour of Machu Picchu. Our guide took us all over the place and he knew a lot about the Incas. We walked up a lot of stairs to the main entrance for the Inca Trail. The ruins were neat.  The main entrance to Machu Pichu
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Entry from the Inca Trail
No one really knows what Intiwatana is. Some people think it was used as a calendar, a sundial or an observatory. The archaeologists have also discovered Intiwatanas in Cusco and Pisac. The view down to the Urubamba River from here was really nice. Intiwatana may have been a calendar and sundial!
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Intiwatana - the "Sundial"
This stairway was all ONE BIG ROCK! There were a few other stairs like this. There were a lot of stairs to climb up the mountainside. My legs did get a little tired... There are a lot of stairs in Machu Pichu
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Stairway to Evan
Our guide led us to a meteorite. These were used to grind and form the granite rocks that the Incas used for building Machu Pichu. It was really smooth and looked like it was melted when it came to earth. I tried to lift it but it was super, super, super duper heavy!  Meteorites were used to grind granite!
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We climbed up to the top of Machu Picchu and found some alpacas. The alapca has shorter fur and is taller than the llama. The Incas had alpacas, llamas and vicuña. The vicuña was a very special animal. The robe of the Inca King was made from the fur of a  vicuña.  We climbed up to the House of the Guardians
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We found some Viscacha in an Incan house where there was a pile of rocks. We watched them for a few minutes. They look almost like rabbits but they are in their own family and are rodents. Viscacha have a long bushy tail. We saw the wild chinchillas of Machu Pichu!
© Jeff Waugh


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School Notes...
Yale graduate and American explorer Hiram Bingham was led to the "Lost City" of Machu Picchu in 1911 by a young Peruvian boy. Hiram Bingham brought these ruins and the Incas to the attention of the world. In their conquest of the Incas, the Spaniards had not known of the existence of this mountain sanctuary and religious center. It was a dwelling and learning place for students, astronomers, shamans and kings. The ancient city of Machu Picchu is still lost somewhere between the world of reality, myth and legend. 

It was a really, really, really fun day!

"It was a really, really, really fun day!"