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There is a definite air of reverence about Mach Picchu even with the tourist crowds and guides are bustling about. The place exudes a feeling of peace and tranquility interrupted by the sounds of running water, it can be experienced when the crowds are around, but better so when they have gone.
It attracts the inevitable loonies with even stranger theories about the place. You may see some funny sites; like twelve German tourists walking in synchronised motion as if skiing, but walking (without skis) all in unison in twin lines, all with ski sticks, they past by like a train?
The strange and interesting things about Machu Picchu are recounted in abundance on this section, but few mention the anomalies surrounding its discovery. The Enigma Of Machupicchu, by Oscar Medina Zevallos although a work of fiction relates a story that sounds an echo of truth. It tells of an Indian who found it, riddled with dangerous snakes and how the army were paid by Hiram Bingham who, in charge of a Yale University expedition claimed its discovery in 1911, whilst the Indian says he found it many years previously. The story relates how many army conscripts died in clearing a way up the mountain, for Bingham, or maybe before him? In the David Hatcher Childress book; Lost Cities and Ancient Mysteries of South America, mentions that the region around Mach Picchu was bought and owned by an American, and that pre – Bingham, remains of rusty machinery were found at the bottom of the mountain. Another book; Journey To Machu Picchu by Carol Cumes and Romulo Lizarrage Valencia, relates the story of how the local Indians have always known of the hill top location of Machu Picchu and avoided going to it, as they believed such places should be left alone, they knew there were precious gold objects there, but respected them and never thought to take them, that was done so the book states by Hiram Bingham. A very large crate was shipped out of the country with the complicity of the Peruvian President, in spite of a strike to stop it by workers on the railways who had learned about the robbery. Our guide, who showed us around the mountain top spoke about such a ‘rumour’ one American tourist in our party went wild stating that ‘Yale University would never condone such a thing’ and demanded the guide retract his story saying ‘it was obviously the Spanish that had robbed the place of its gold’. We stood there smirking in silence as this erupted about us, obviously this Yank did not know history, the fact is that the Spanish only got as far as Ollantaytambo, where they were halted by a battle with the last Inka king Manco. We agreed that Yale was just the last in several hundred years of plundering by the rich nations, taking artefacts home from all around the world. The Americans came to the business late, after the French and British, and of course the Spanish had got quite a collection. There was also a story ‘allegedly’ going around about Yale’s involvement with the removal of many artefacts from Tutankhamun's tomb, before it was officially discovered by Howard Carter in 1922 eleven years after the Bingham robbery, they were still accumulating the goods (which have never surfaced so this story is either a fabrication or the items are in private collections, or were melted down for gold bar value).   
The rich get there by helicopter, the enthusiasts by walking a four day hike, the tourists take the train. Peru Rail provide onboard entertainment during the six hour journey from Cuscu to Machu Picchu and ‘el Diablo’ dances through the carriages, a fashion show and souvenir sales, fit in, between servings of drinks and sandwiches. 

 

 

Once off the train it's an 'expensive' half hour switch back hell ride up the mountain on a coach.

 

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