I’m headed to Peru for three months this summer to take a course and do research for my master’s degree. My class will be ending in Cuzco on July 14th, and since I told my PI that I’d be in Lima on July 18th, I have a couple days to travel around southern Peru. Most of my classmates are heading to Machu Picchu first thing, and a couple of them are going to Lake Titicaca. Since I probably only have time to do one, I’m planning on doing the Titicaca thing (hee hee… Titicaca).
However, everyone I’ve talked to that has been to Machu Picchu says it’s a once-in-a-lifetime, can’t-miss place. For the life of me, though, I can’t really see the attraction. I’m not doing the Inca Trail thing, so I won’t have the experience of seeing the sun rise over the ruins, which is supposedly the most amazing part of it. I’ve seen a bajillion pictures of the place and I’ve read all about its significance, and I’m just not getting excited about it.
Could any of you travelers convince me one way or the other?