Peru Travel Podcast: 50 Unbelievable Facts about Machu Picchu

Peru Travel Podcast: 50 Unbelievable Facts about Machu Picchu


Hello and welcome to the Peru Travel
Podcast. I’m your host,
David Kosloski alongside of me is Kevin Groh.
Kevin been chilling on the gmails. I just started without you even paying
attention. I see that.
It’s nice to be actually in studio for once. Studio,
which as you can see is an office because we’re filming for the first
time. Thank you guys for joining us.
If you’re watching on YouTube, we have dogs around us.
We have beautiful pictures, a printer that,
for whatever reason, just wants to make noises throughout
the, show camera gear.
You name it. This is my office. Yeah,
I figured that since we’re doing the video for the first time,
I actually had to throw something nice on.
Because they used to say, you have a face for radio.
But now we’re actually filming. Yeah,
I look like garbage anyways, but whatever.
So today we’re going to be talking about 50 facts about Peru.
Kevin, you actually spent a lot of time writing
this up and so did I. We couldn’t believe that we found 50
facts. It was actually quite difficult.
You’d think that it would be pretty easy,
but it wasn’t. Yeah,
I did a lot of digging just to be able to fill out 50 facts.
I think I got about 41 or 42 and I was just struggling. But there’s some pretty good stuff here.
There’s definitely some facts that are obviously like most people kind of know,
but then there’s some facts that are freaking bizarre and I’m excited.
So we got 50 of them so we probably get into it.
Some of you may not know, but Machu Picchu is an astronomy
observatory. So,
that’s pretty neat. Hiram Bingham also brought the site
world attention. It’s kind of a weird story too because
Hiram Bingham, gets a lot of credit for discovering
Machu Picchu, but really he didn’t discover it.
There was three farmers already there ahead of time when he got there.
Isn’t that kind of what you found out? Yeah,
it was pretty crazy. So when I was doing a little bit of
research, everyone gives so much credit to Hiram.
There’s actually quite a few other explorers that could be given credit for
discovering Machu Picchu. There was one guy in the 1800s from
Italy that actually came across the site and didn’t really think much of it.
Then another group of Germans in the 1800s,
could have taken credit for discovering it,
but just didn’t really bring it to attention.
But it was actually Hiram, who was at the time looking for what was
the Lost City of the Incas. And he thought he had discovered when he
came to Machu Picchu, but,
it wasn’t the actual city that he was looking for and just didn’t really know
what he had found to have a few years later.
But he was the one that actually got the credit because he took all the the
artifacts that his team excavated and brought them back to Yale. Yeah,
that’s crazy. It’s funny,
I will give credit where it is due. I mean people did discover it.
He’s definitely the guy who thought it was special and brought it to its
spotlight, which it is a pretty cool place.
There were three farmers there. We talked about that.
Machu Picchu was constructed between 1450 and 1460.
Machu Picchu, the meaning means “Old
Peak or Old Mountain.” This one I always thought was
interesting too because David talked about this when we were actually on the
Inca Trail the first time we were hanging out with them.
Spanish conquistadors actually never made it to Machu Picchu and never
conquered it. But there are theories that it’s
possible that they brought disease to sort of wipe them out.
Biological warfare would you say at its finest,
if you will, back in the day,
as awful as that sounds. Just to piggyback off that a little bit.
They know for sure that the Spanish didn’t find it for a number of reasons.
When they went back through various Spanish texts,
they never found any mention of the Machu Picchu site in various diaries and
various texts that the Spanish had written up.
On top of that the Spanish when they had come in and conquered the Inca they had
previously at other Inca sites deface them and destroyed them.
And there is absolutely no evidence of any defacing that had happened at Machu
Picchu. That’s interesting.
That’s crazy. A little little tip outside of the 50
facts. Let’s see what else we got here,
it’s a long long list. So we’re trying to,
we’re going to try to simplify some of these,
but the Incan empire was much more widespread than Peru.
They actually made it to Argentina and Bolivia,
Ecuador and Chile. By the way notice how I said Chile
instead of Chile. And the reason I did that is because
some mean rude person left a bad review stating that I don’t pronounce Spanish
words well. Well you know,
I don’t speak Spanish. I do the best that I can do.
Thank you very much. I appreciate your criticism,
but I will try harder. Yeah.
I’m always like, Dave,
you gotta you gotta pronounce it right. It’s Ridiculous.
Maybe it’s not ridiculous. I just,
if you got something nice to say, I’d appreciate that too.
Right? Like,
these guys are great. There’s,
there’s a couple of times where I’m listening to the podcast,
going back through it and I’m just like, “oh,
he didn’t, he didn’t say that,
right? He’s saying he’s saying a Pachamama. That’s all right though.
It happens. We’re not all perfect.
The general consensus is right. We talked about the Incan empire was
more widespread. At the peak of the Incan Empire,
many influential world events, hadn’t taken place.
It’s kind of an interesting one because when they were at the biggest they ever
were, Columbus hadn’t come to America yet,
the Mona Lisa wasn’t painted. So that’s kind of interesting. Yeah.
Even, the famous St Peter’s Church in Rome
it’s cornerstone hadn’t even been laid yet.
It wasn’t even built yet. The official purpose of the site is
unknown. There are many theories as to what it
was. But the Incas didn’t actually have a
written language, so there’s no way of really knowing what
it was for. The famous Inca Trail was a religious
path to Machu Picchu. It was something we talked about in the
past about what the Inca Trail is, but it was a religious path,
or spiritual Because really when more religious,
it was more of their spiritual. Machu Picchu cannot fall. Yeah,
that’s one that’s, I find pretty crazy.
There’s earthquakes. It right on two different fault lines.
So there’s gonna be tons of earthquakes there.
In fact, Cusco and Lima have both been completely
leveled, but Machu Picchu just remained
untouched. It’s interesting how that,
how that plays out. I read about how it’s the way the stones
are placed, but there’s no more so there’s no
morter. And so there’s a phrase the stones dance
when an earthquake happens or something like that.
They jiggle and you could see them move and it looks like they’re dancing and
really it’s because there’s no mortar around it that they’re able to move and
kind of slide around and still land in perfectly in place,
they’re just so heavy. Yeah.
The only thing I really know about that is that the technique was called Ashlar.
So that’s the name of the technique that they use,
but basically it has something to do with how they placed the stones. How big do you think those stones were? Each stone? Yeah,
just curious because I’m going to T you up here for the next one. I mean it totally depends on the stone.
Each stone that they actually brought into Machu Picchu was at least 50
pounds, but a lot of the rock that they use in
Machu Picchu, it was unmovable rock.
So all they did was carve the granite rock and made statues out of the rock
that they couldn’t move and just left it there. It was crazy.
Yeah. Because at the time the wheel had not
been invented, at least for Peru.
So they moved it. There’s a lot of different theories and
David had kind of given us one or two, but no one really knows again.
It’s kind of one of those weird phenomenons.
So the official purpose of the site is unknown.
The famous Inca Trail was religious. We went through that.
The wheel hadn’t been invented. Okay.
So there’s an extensive network of water channels and conduits within the
grounds. That one is actually kind of surprising
to me because when you are walking through Machu Picchu,
it didn’t actually dawn on me until I was reading this and going through it
how there are these little trails. There’s these lines of concrete,
but it’s stone and water is just trickling right through and that was
something we saw by Rayan Community where there’s just water flowing from
the mountain through and I can’t comprehend it because I don’t know much
about how to build that. But it is fascinating to see.
I’m like, “Where
is this water coming from? I remember specifically being like
where’s this coming from?” David’s like,
“Oh there’s a spring in the mountain.”
And I’m like, “What?
Who does that?” I,
remember that too when we were in Machu Picchu just going around the site and
just seeing these little channels running under where where we walking
through, under the stone that we’re walking on
and going to a different part of the city and Machu Picchu. There are more than 150 buildings within
the complex. Most of Machu Picchu is made up of
granite. The rest is held together by limestone.
Most of what’s seen at Machu Picchu today is original.
That’s pretty cool. Sixty percent of the construction is
located underneath the surface. Do you have any more info on that? So basically all the info that I was
able to find about that was a lot of it has to do with,
the irrigation. So when we’re talking about the channels
and the conduits, basically what they did was they crushed
a lot of rock and put it underneath the surface.
On top of that, I mean there’s caves that are underneath
Machu Picchu, which contained some temples.
There’s places that they had some rooms. So,
for example, the Temple of the Sun,
which is one of the main temples in Machu Picchu,
there’s a cave sitting under it with altars there and they’re not really sure
whether what it was used for, but it’s there, We can’t go to it. as far as I’m aware of visitors can’t go
to it, but there,
but there’s scientists that go there and try to figure out what it was for. So crazy.
First of all, what jerk said,
I can’t go see that. Now I’m so curious.
Me sitting over there next time we go back and I’m just going to be knocking
on the stone. Like,
I know what’s here and I want to go in. It’s like Batman’s cave,
you know? So Machu Picchu is split or was split
into two different sections. And that means that the southern part
was used for farming while the northern side was used for buildings,
sort of like where people would hang out and live,
etc. Machu picchu is only 13 square
kilometers, making it a fairly small city.
Huayna Picchu Mountain housed the high priest and the local virgin.
What’s the deal with the local virgins? I’m not sure about the local virgin
situation. We don’t have that right now.
There’s not a home where local virgins are just chilling.
That’s so weird. The only people that were allowed to
live in Machu Picchu was the noble, the high priests,
the local virgins. And then there were some other people
that lived there. Wait.
So if you’re a virgin, you were a noble distinction.
So you’ve never had sex. So you’re at the top of the food chain.
That is so messed up. Whatever,
dude. It’s cool,
do your thing. But so with the the agricultural center.
The part where we said we were talking about where it’s split up in between the
city and the agriculture. There’s a lot of people or peasants,
I guess. The people that weren’t the nobles would
actually come hike up everyday, to be able to farm. Chasques I was reading something that
they would go and they would get fresh fish from the ocean.
I’m thinking, how the heck did they do that every day?
There’s no way, right?
How is that possible? I mean they must have had like multiple,
right? It just doesn’t make sense to me. I’m not sure.
If you think about how wide spread the Incan empire was,
The Incan empire in Peru, taking up Argentina and Chile.
You got 20 million people, you’re going to have resources from the
ocean coming into Cusco. You’re gonna be able to get it there. So I don’t know if it’s from the ocean.
Maybe it was from potentially like a lake or a river,
but it is bizarre to me that a chasque’s job was to bring fresh fish.
It’s just baffling to me, it’s a very crazy task because there’s
not many fish up in Machu Picchu. When the Spanish invaded,
the Inca destroyed nearly all the roads and leading to Machu Picchu in order to
protect it, including a lot of the Inca Trail. So there were various roads or trails
that had led to Machu Picchu and when the Spanish had invaded they obviously
wanted to protect Machu Picchu because as we had talked about before,
is some sort of religious or spiritual site. So as you know,
when you’re, getting conquered and all your people
are dying, you’re going to do what she can to to
protect your most sacred sites. So what they did was they went around
and basically ripped up all the stone that they had placed on the roads to
Machu Picchu. For example,
if you’ve actually hiked the Inca Trail, the first day,
it’s all dirt. And they did that to hide Machu Picchu.
It’s not until the second day on the Inca Trail that you’re actually walking
on something they had placed. It’s kind of sad to think about.
Machu Picchu’s elevation is lower than Cusco.
Obviously getting acclimated in Cusco makes Machu Picchu,
a lot easier. A grass bridge provided a secret
entrance into Machu Picchu for the army. And that is still something that you can
walk today, not necessarily around Machu Picchu,
but there is a grass bridge. So the bridge is no longer there,
but you can see the trail that had led to the grass bridge. Isn’t there a duplicate or something,
or a replica of some sort. So there used to be,
but in 1996, there was a fire at Machu Picchu and the
grass bridge actually burned down. Isn’t there another one in Peru? So there’s another one near Cusco but
there’s not one in Machu Picchu. So there’s a similar type of type of
bridge that you can actually walk across.
And if you think about walking across a grass bridge,
that’s pretty scary to do. When I was doing the research,
the main reason that they had to use a grass bridge…
Because if you think about where Machu Picchu is at,
it’s sitting in the middle of three mountains and there’s really not much
trees up there. So what I found out is if,
you’re going to make a bridge… they even did this for the houses in
Machu Picchu. So they had houses that were two
stories, but you didn’t really have wood.
If you’ve been there, you’ve seen the houses are all stones.
So you didn’t have wood to build a ladder or build stairs to the second
level. So what they did was they took the grass
and they made basically a rope ladder, to get to the second floor.
So they did the same exact same thing for the bridge,
for the army going across this huge, you know,
across the Urubamba River. It’s so nuts.
Everytime I hear about that like David is like,
“yeah, it was a grass bridging across.”
I’m just saying I don’t know, if I want to do that.
I’m not walking across no grass bridge. Really talented and I’m a lot bigger
than a lot of those Peruvian dudes, you know.
So in the Inca times there are only two ways in and out of Machu Picchu,
which is kinda cool because it’s still how it is today.
Two ways in and out there. And that actually provided defense
mechanism. So if you have done the Inca Trail,
you’re coming in through the Sun Gate, which is a fair amount of ways from the
actual Machu Picchu city. So those two ways and the,
the other way in via the grass bridge. There may have been one more bridge that
had entered into Machu Picchu. So the reason that they had these
entrances so far away is if someone was invading it was very easy to destroy the
entrance to get to Machu Picchu because you could see them coming and it would
be very easy to block the entrance. Yeah,
they were big on defense. There are wet and dry seasons.
We actually have a blog about that telling you what the best time of year
to go. I’m going to plug that right now,
we have a very intuitive blog that talks about the best time of year to go to
Machu Picchu, three different options and kind of goes
in scale in terms of what it is that you’re looking for.
And it talks about the season and it talks about the costs and it talks about
crowd control. So just check that out.
It’s on the webpage. And then also I’m going to plug another
thing is our Peru Tips for Travelers Facebook group.
It’s a supportive group. A lot of people that have traveled with
us before are on the group and just kind of like a small community helping each
other. If you have questions about Peru,
so if you want to check it out, go check it out.
That being said, let’s move on.
So because of the thick cloud forest… This one is stupid to me,
I believe it, but it’s just golly.
So because of the thick cloud forest, which is all the clouds around Machu
Picchu, there is still much of Machu Picchu to
be discovered. When I first heard that,
no way, then I found out in 2011 we discovered
more terraces around Machu Picchu. Yeah.
It’s pretty crazy that you could probably walk off trail and who knows,
you may find some other terraces or some other house or whatever.
It’s crazy. It is crazy.
Especially today. Now I know we’re not sending like
drones, over Machu Picchu.
Theres a no fly zone. I know that we’re not probably picking
out satellites, but in my head I’m thinking,
how do people not see this stuff out? It’s just the clouds are so dense,
especially in the morning that it makes visibility pretty difficult. What I should say is I get it.
I understand. I just am surprised.
There’s so much tech. I’m just,
it’s just crazy to me think that. Maybe I just think we’re too awesome and
we’re not. Maybe we’re not just that great.
Machu Picchu was extremely important to the Incas.
It was a spiritual site. Machu Picchu is located in the…
See this is where it gets difficult. And I know someone’s going to just hate
mail right now. I’m going to do my best.
Vilacanote. I’m with you.
I’m not totally sure, but I believe it’s a Vilacanote. Vilacanote mountain range,
is where it’s located. Machu Picchu is located on two fault
lines, which is what we talked about earlier.
And Machu Picchu actually flooded in 2010. So in 2010 there were super,
super heavy rains and about 2000 and 2000 citizens or people that live in
aguas calientes got trapped because all the railroads got destroyed.
So they had to send helicopters in. Aguas Calientes is at the base of Machu
Picchu. So,
it wasn’t Machu Picchu just itself. Aguas Calientes was involved as well
because you’re down down by the railroad where it’s gonna flood.
But a lot of people had to be rescued by helicopter because 4,000
people are there. Machu Picchu is not the only
archaeological site in Peru. Peru is not like a massive country,
but there so much stuff to do. We haven’t even tapped Peru.
There’s so many things. We haven’t done a lot of what Peru has
to offer. There’s a rain forest,
there is an oasis. There’s Lake Titicaca,
the Nazca Lines. There’s so much to do in Peru.
It’s absolutely insane. So yes,
there are a lot of sites. There’s a lot of archeological sites
that people aren’t even seeing. I mean we have Rayan Community.
And you hike up this Incan ruin up there that no one’s even seen. Rayan community,
there was no one there. No one showed up there and it’s a site
that we were so blessed to be able to see.
We were the only three people there. It was,
it was unreal. That’s why we were able to film it.
There are only two ways to get to Machu Picchu today.
We talked about that. There are two hikes in addition to
viewing Machu Picchu. Those are Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu
Mountain. On average,
1.3 million people visit Machu Picchu
yearly. Only 2500 tourist are allowed into Machu
Picchu a day. Does this change or is that the new
rule? So the 2,500
people per day is the new rule as of July 1st,
2017. So the 1.3
million was potentially like an old stat that was obviously pulled in. Yep.
So that was old. So the 2,500
people per day are people that are just coming to show up Machu Picchu.
There’s going to be additional people there because people come in and through
Inca Trail. That it’s something that we got hit up
about is “Hey I went to Machu Picchu without a guide.”
Sure. Honestly,
that stuff is so hard to regulate. There might be more people than 2,500
tourists that find a way to get into Machu Picchu. Right.
So the official regulation says that you’ve got to have an official tour
guide. But like you’re saying,
there’s so many people there. And when we were even there this year in
April, we had a guide but no one was really
checking. Did I not hear or see though that there
are possibly making a tour, you have to follow a path? So that’s also part of the new
regulation of July, 2017.
There’s supposed to be a path that you follow.
So people go along in the same direction.
Basically, this just a lot of techniques that
they’re trying to use to conserve Machu Picchu.
They’re so worried about it being destroyed with all the traffic. Which is going to lead to the next one
coming up here. Actually not quite yet.
But you can get a stamp of Machu Picchu at the entrance to Machu Picchu for your
passport. We’ve never done that. Never did that.
Both times that we were there we left and we were like,
“We didn’t get the stamp.”
Gosh. You could follow Hiram Bingham’s
original path from 1911 leading to his discovery of Machu Picchu.
Is that from Aguas Calientes? Yeah.
So if you’re not taking the bus, it’s a hell of a hike. There’s some things I just don’t want to
do. I go back and that’s one of them. I’d rather take the bus.
So you can either take a bus from Aguas Calientes up to the Machu Picchu
entrance, it’s like 20 bucks.
Which is the path that I’m going to take if I’m going to Machu Picchu.
But if you’re cheap and you to do the hike.
This is a very, very steep hike and you’re looking at a
minimum of 90 minutes to get all the way. Here’s the deal,
if you’re going to do that hike and you just decided to opt out of the inca
Trail, or Salkantay Trail go home.
Because I Would rather do the Inca Trail than that damn hike.
Maybe I’m wrong, I’ve never done it.
So, we could be wrong,
but it looks like it looks like hell. It’s a lot of stairs.
But, it is the original path that Hiram did
take to discover Machu Picchu. Yeah.
For all you people who have to go the bathroom a lot.
Those people going early to at the restaurant and like,
I got to see the bathroom. Well guess what?
There are no bathrooms beyond the entrance of Machu Picchu.
So just know that, inside of Machu Picchu,
there are no bathrooms. There are two times slots to enter Machu
Picchu, morning and afternoon,
which those times are 6:00 AM and 11:00
AM, if I’m not mistaken.
So,even though it says afternoon until 11:00
AM, want to be ther with a less amount of
people, morning is your best shot.
The Temple of the Sun is one of the three most important temples that
visitors are able to see. Machu Picchu is one of the Seven Wonders
of the World. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
There is a no fly zone over Machu Picchu,
which we talked about and you cannot bring your drones. What’s crazy about that is in 2006,
there was a company that actually got a permission to do helicopter tours over
over Machu Picchu. But a lot of environmentalists protested
it. And a week later,
the Peruvian government took their certificate or their permission and
reversed it. I feel at times when I go places that
involve like natural beauty when I’m hiking,
we did Waimanu in Hawaii. I have a feeling that when I see
helicopters it kind of ruins it. Yeah,
totally. I mean it’s a place that Peru has
actually done really well to preserve the original intent of Machu Picchu.
And this is why we recommend having a tour guide because there are no signs
when you’re going around explaining what things are.
They kept it to the original intent of Machu Picchu.
I agree with you, if you’re having helicopters flying
overhead it really takes away the beauty of Machu Picchu. Maybe someday we can come up with an app
or a tour guide, photo type thing,
that will explain where you are as you’re walking.
If you want that and you’re listening to this,
you just hit up, we’ll find some developers.
You got gotta email us though. Tell us that you want it.
That’s how bad you should want it. Really though,
guys, a guide is super cheap and you’re
actually helping the local economy. So I would highly recommend it in
general. This one’s funny,
I love this one actually because I have German friends.
So you cannot visit wearing your country’s folkloric attire.
So if you’re German coming from Germany, you cannot wear a lederhose.
Sorry, you got to leave that crap at home,
man. I butchered the German accent.
I say if you’re Scottish, can’t wear a kilt. If you’re Irish,
can’t wear a kilt. If you’re Japanese,
can’t wear a kimono. If you’re American,
you can’t wear overalls or something. If you’re American,
you can’t wear a shotgun. Can’t walk up in there with a shotgun.
Boy, I tell you what. Charlie wouldn’t be able to wear his
American flag swim trunks. So Machu Picchu is on the World
Monuments Watchlist of the 100 Most Endangered Sites.
So this one’s actually pretty cool because Finland kind of jumped in on
this one, right?
They agreed to trade. You’re the economic guy.
So why don’t you take this? So they’re on the World Monuments
Watchlist of the Hundred Most Endangered Sites and the main reason for that is
because of all the traffic that is at Machu Picchu.
They just want to preserve the site. and What’s the situation with the debt? I’m not sure why Finland agreed to do
it. So they agreed to trade 25% of Peru’s
outstanding national debt. That’s nearly $6,000,000
US, by the way,
in exchange for conservation programs. What does that mean?
Why would you do that as a country in terms of economic status? Honestly,
I’m not really sure, it could be that maybe Finland has they
care about natural beauty or earth or nature.
And so they were like, “If
you do conservation efforts to maintain Machu Picchu,
we will take away 25 percent of the debt that you owe us. So what does that mean?
That basically they give you money? No,
they just, they just basically wiped it clean.
So Peru owed Finland money as part of their debt.
And Finland said, “if
you make a lot of policies to preserve Machu Picchu,
we will forgive, six million dollars.
At one point Machu Picchu had been taken off the endangered list because they did
such a good job of conserving it but it is actually back on now. Why is that?
Tourists? Tourists.
It’s getting more popular. Owning a Peru travel company,
we’re always curious as to how this is going to impact us and impact David and
the families that we work with. Ourselves,
I mean, this is our job.
There’s this conflicting idea, support the locals,
well that’s essentially what we’re doing.
The difference is that we’re doing in an organized way where our people are being
paid well and adequately. We’re helping with English speaking
courses and helping communities. But besides the point of us bragging,
I think the thing that is difficult is knowing what’s going to happen in the
next 20 years. Right? Se they’re trying to strike the balance
of tourism and Machu Picchu is, their job is their livelihood in Peru. It’s got to take a big part of their
income. Oh yeah.
If you’re reducing the amount of people that can go to Machu Picchu,
you’re reducing the amount of people that are employed because they’re is
less tourists to go there. You’re strangling Aguas Calientes. UNESCO actually had wanted to reduce the
amount of people entered per day to 900 people per day.
Peru said, no way,
this is a big source of income for people and the country.
And so they kind of came to the compromise of the 2,500
people per day. I don’t know much about it.
We should look into something like that. Just to understand more of why it’s
endangered. What’s can people do to help?
For example, we go hiking and pack it in,
pack it out. Leave no trace.
Yeah. It pisses me off more than anything in
the world when I was in Lake Havasu falls and I see trash.
Clean your crap up. Like,
stop. It is what it is.
It’s a very sensitive topic and it really becomes difficult when you’re in
a place liek that. I know there’s punk kids in Machu Picchu
trying to break stones or do something. Which,
we’re going to get to one example actually right now,
that is very frustrating. And,
it just pisses me off to no end if I’m going to be honest.
You want to pronounce that word right there? I’m probably butchering it a little bit
too. But the Intihuatana stone. We’re not saying it right at all,
but that stone, which is basically was something used
for the solstices. Summer solstice and the winter.
The sun is eventually over at one point throughout the year.
I don’t think we mentioned this. At one point throughout the year the sun
is directly over this stone and casts no shadow,
and it’s at a specific time of the year every single year.
Anyways. That stone was damaged permanently in
2001 after a Peruvian beer company sneaked equipment onto the site to shoot
a tv ad. Like how crappy is that?
Can you imagine? The camera crane operator was sentenced
to six years in jail. In my honest opinion,
I feel like the entire beer company should have been in big trouble. I mean if you think about right there,
I mean that’s totally a violation of the leave no trace motto that you try to
follow when you go somewhere. You damaged something that was designed
and made by someone and can never be repaired.
Never again. And it can’t be replaced in general.
I would feel like a horrible human. That’d be gut wrenching for me.
It’s bizarre that they were that careless.
Hiram Bingham’s team excavated more than 40,000
artifacts during his exploration and stored them in Yale University.
So it kinda makes me laugh. It’s because it’s kind of crappy,
but back then that’s kind of what happened. There was actually a big argument
between since since 1911 when he discovered it,
Peru and Yale, who actually owned the artifacts and
then finally in 2011, to mark the centennial of the discovery
of Machu Picchu, Yale actually returned all the items to
Peru. So they’re no longer in Yale.
They’re back with Peru. This is brand new. 2011. We might need to note that actually then
that’s a really good fact. So there is a yearly marathon foot race
along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Every year there’s a marathon and if you
think about the elevation that you’re at and going up and down Can Americans do it? You can do it.
You can sign up to do it. I believe it’s somewhere around $3,000
for the event. I thought Chasques did that though. The Chasques must get it for free
because the guy that’s the record holder is a chasque and he set the record in
1997. He did the Inca Trail Marathon in 3
hours and 27 minutes. Which is blazing fast when you think
about it. Could you have done it? No way.
There’s no way. At your peak performance,
could you have done it. No way.
And I wouldn’t even want to risk it because think about where you almost
fell over the ledge. And so you were at your peak,
right? A little known story.
At one point Kevf, you were training for the marathon for
the Olympic Trials. So not for the trials.
But I had ran a 2:48 marathon. And you don’t think you’d have been able
to do that? Not on that,
because one, you’re at elevation,
you’re pretty high up. So this guy would’ve came here and
kicked your ass. Oh yeah,
sure. Yeah,
definitely. He would he would smoke me.
You’re going over all that, cobblestone.
You’re going up and down elevation. the highest point you’re going up to
14,000 feet,
so you’re going to be winded because the higher elevation.
And then, a fit person,
they’re probably going to do it in between six and eight hours.
And this guy, in 1997,
a chasque did it in like three hours. 97?
Oh, sorry bro.
Had a heart attack. I thought you were saying he was 97.
I’m like, “what
is going on?” Three hours and 27 minutes.
That’s crazy. There is a hidden temple that can be
explored for those hiking up Huayna Picchu.
Do you know much about that? So,
that’s the Temple of the Moon. And a lot of people actually don’t
really go to discover it. They basically go up to Huayna Picchu
and take a photo. Just take a photo of Machu Picchu below
and kind of look around. So the Temple of the Moon is kind of off
trail and there is various levels that you can go to.
It’s just situated sitting in cave.It’s a cave but it’s a temple.
It’s pretty cool. We’ve never done Huayna Picchu.
And the reason for that is because every time we’ve gotten to damn Machu Picchu
we’ve been exhausted. Dead.
Give me a minivan to take me up to Huayna Picchu cuz I’m fried. Maybe next time instead of doing four
day hikes, we’ll just take the train. Maybe we can just like convince David
and just hanging out at Aguas Calientes just for three days.
I like that town. I really do like Aguas Calientes.
First of all, I love sleeping there.
If you’re a person who loves white noise,
the hotel that we stay in, that river flowing,
it is just amazing. Did you experience that? I couldn’t hear the river where I was. Where I was sleeping,
dude, I could snuggle up in them sheets.
It was amazing. So now we’re onto our last fact.
That’s 50 of them. I don’t even know how long this episode
is, hope it’s not super long,
but this one is really interesting. I think at some point we should do a big
research project. Maybe bring it back to the podcast to
talk about this because this is freaking nuts.
Maybe at some point if it’s possible we need to find this person. Yeah,
well we have the name. Yeah.
We could find her and contact her and get her on the show.
That would be incredible. We’ve got some contacts,
right? We went to the local Nashville Peruvian
cultural event that happened here. If you didn’t know we’re based out of
Nashville. This one is freaking so crazy and I keep
talking about, but it is absolutely bonkers.
So a local family claims that they currently continue to own Machu Picchu
and that they may have proof. What the hell,
KevIn, break this down. This really blew my mind.
Where we were talking about before, Hiram,
really did not discover Machu Picchu. The way Hiram discovered Machu Picchu
really was a local Peruvian ead him. So when they got up there,
there was actually three different farmers that were living on Machu
Picchu, farming the land.
One of the descendants of one of the guys that was living at Machu Picchu,
farming the land, she has has brought multiple lawsuits
against the country of Peru. Claiming over $100,000,000
and trying to get future profits. But based on what I read,
she actually has the deed and it does show that her
her grandfather bought the land in 1910, the year before Hiram discovered it. Is this not blowing your minds right
now? There’s some human who probably owns
Machu Picchu and every time that she goes to court,
I’m assuming they just throw it out. I’m sure they do.
If you think about how big Machu Picchu is,
of course they’re going to deny it. How do you feel?
Just a moral compass? I’m just curious,
how does that make you feel? What do you think is right in that
situation? Honestly,
I have no idea because it’s this massive world cultural site. What do you think happened when Hiram
Bingham showed up? Do you think he just kicked all the
farmers off? That’s the question. If she had to deed to this place,
why would somebody agree? Yeah,
that’s the other interesting thing. I mean I got a pretty cool house,
found a volcano underneath it and you wanna start doing tourism I’d be like,
you’re gonna have to start paying me some money.
I got a dinosaur underneath my basement. You know what I mean?
Wanna figure something out? That is weird.
I don’t understand how that plays out. It’s good stuff.
Fifty facts on Machu Picchu. Guys,
we’re going to plug a couple things real quick just to keep this short and sweet.
We got a cool blog that we’ve been doing lately.
We’ve got things on elevation. We’ve got things on best time to go to
Machu Picchu, how to get your Machu Picchu tickets. If you don’t want to book through a
company. We’re kind of giving you the house.
Educate as best we can because it in a day we want you to go.
If you don’t book through us, hey,
you don’t book through us. But we’re going to give you all the
information available to help you make an educated guess because we believe a
more educated customer is a better customer anyway.
So if you do all your research and you realize,
I want to go these Cachi guys, because they gave me everything and
they’re really good dudes and they’re helping locals out the best that we can.
Help us grow and help support us. Check out Peru Tips for Travelers on
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Like we said earlier, helping people get together and kind of
ask questions. Maybe there’s something that you have a
question about that we aren’t going to answer like Ahayausca.
I’m not going to answer that. No,
not at all. Maybe there’s a question that you have.
Kevin’s like, I hate you.
There’s a question about the Nazca Lines.
We don’t do tours there, but there is a community there that will
probably help you answer those. And if we can’t find the answer,
we’re always good about looking into it for you. At the end of the day,
we just want you to enjoy Peru. Because it’s an amazing place.
It’s worth seeing and we just want you to enjoy it. Absolutely.
And if you have anything in particular that you want to just reach out to us,
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we’ve set up with people just to have a conversation.
Set up an hour of our time. Whatever is that we’re doing throughout
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PM. Sit on a call with you to talk about
Peru and kinda what ideas you’ve got laid out. And if you’ve traveled to Peru already,
shoot us your photos. We love seeing the cool stuff that
people put together. There’s so many cool things that people
see that we haven’t seen we’re like,” oh,
we want to go check that out next time we go.”
Side note, there is a guy who’s been listening to
the podcast who’s booking his trip and I was thinking of possibly getting him to
talk about the questions that he has just to get them on here.
Ask all his questions and maybe they’re not thinking about them and then he
goes, comes back and gives us a status update.
So what was true, what was wrong,
what’s changed, what’s not because things change and we
can’t keep up. But anyways,
I’m rambling. Thank you guys so much for listening.
Again, I’m David Kosloski. And I’m Kevin Groh. That’s right.
And we hope to see you soon or talk to you soon.
Take care.

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