Trip started with a fancy train ride to Aguas Calientes. I visited the hot springs there to relax a little. Then the next morning I got up at 4:30 to catch the first bus up to Machu Picchu.
Upon arrival, the ruins were covered in clouds, but by 10am the clouds had dissipated and the anticipation was well worth it. Pictures cannot even remotely capture it.
The most interesting thing I learned today at Machu Picchu: The Incans had public restrooms and dealt with human waste kind of like how we deal with our cats. They would take the ashes from the fires used to cook their food and put them in the designated potty area. Anyone who needed to use the bathroom would dig themselves a little hole, do their business, and then cover it up again. Every once in a while, someone would have the unfortunate duty of having to go through that shit (ha) with what I assume was probably a human sized pooper scooper. They would then use the excrement as an offering to the pachamama or mother earth (in other words their food was fertilized using their own shit).
These people were brilliant.
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