Mystically True, Machu Picchu

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Feeding a Pacarana rodent with corn. Sooo cute.

We also took part in native ceremonial practices which included chanting, dancing and playing various kinds of  native musical instruments and most importantly, our expedition leader encouraged us visitors to take part in the offering of Chicha (Corn Beer) to the mountain spirits called Apus as the indigenous community believes is important, in order to receive their blessing before we arrive at our final destination.

From the town of Aguascalientes is where tickets are distributed or can be purchased at the Tourism ticket office. It costs $44  USD or 163 Peruvian Nuevo Soles. Visitors can take a bus from the town if they prefer not to hike all the way up to the entrance as it may take a few hours, depending upon an individual’s stamina and training.

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Andrei Oliver Parlade

Andrei Oliver Parlade

Born and raised in Manila, Andrei Oliver Parlade is a Filipino-American who never forgets his roots. He's a writer, explorer, history buff, linguist, freelance content contributor and producer, turtle-lover, proud pit bull daddy, a US Navy Veteran, and a lifelong learner. He has been to over 50 countries, and all 7 continents and continues to pursue infinite possibilities. Join him, and his arf-venture buddy, Seizo in their quest to see the sun, and moon; to chase the horizon and rest in cities, mountains, ice, and sand.