Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

One of the 7 wonders of the world is Machu Picchu.  The destination of a lifetime is located in Peru. Unlike my brief Peru post  – this destination deserves it’s own blog.

I could talk about the wonders of Machu Picchu all day and night.  I’m a big action guy who loves to do unique things in these amazing places.  Normally just looking at a beautiful sight wouldn’t really interest me.  I was truly memorized by Machu Picchu.  Something about this place was magical.

  • Maybe it was the fact that the mountains in the background resemble a face.
  • Maybe it was the fact that some of these stones were so huge that it would be next to impossible to get them up to this height during the time it was made.
  • Whatever the reason – this place was amazing.

Machu Picchu

Altitude Sickness

I bet altitude sickness is the excuse you’ve been using the most to excuse yourself from not visiting this amazing place.  I’ve gotten altitude sickness before while hiking through the rocky mountains.  I actually had the sickness for about a month straight.  Admittedly it wasn’t fun feeling like crap, but it wasn’t the end of the world.

The shocker is that Machu Picchu isn’t even that high!  It’s close to 7000 feet above sea level.  Most people won’t get sickness at 10,000 feet.  Very few people will actually experience any altitude sickness at a mere 7000 feet.

The locals know that travelers are deeply afraid of this altitude sickness, and that it is in their best interest if you don’t get sick.  Immediately after landing we were given coco tea to aid with the transition.  The tea is actually made with real coco leaves.  coco tea

Coco leaves are a big part of what makes cocaine, and thus illegal in the united states.  The tea actually gave me a little kick so I made sure to enjoy several cups throughout the trip.  I ended up buying coco tea candy, and it was like a mini-obsession.

Sure enough – neither my wife or I got the least bit of altitude sickness.

Best 5 parts of Machu Picchu

  1. The View – There is seriously nothing like it.  You can see so far, and everything you see is like nothing you’ve ever seen before.
  2. The Magic – Machu Picchu was made my the Inca’s who were huge mystics.  The face in the background was just the start.  You’ll have to travel there yourself to see the rest of the magic.
  3. Knowledgeable Guides – The guides were filled to the brim with knowledge.  They knew everything about the area, and ours in particular was very unique.  Our guide lives in at the bottom of Peru, and devotes his life to giving tours of Machu Picchu.
  4. The Freedom – We’ve been many places from the Draq Caves in Italy to the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland.  Machu Picchu gave us total freedom.  We could separate from the guide and do our own thing anytime we wanted.  I ended up taking a jog up into the jungle leading to Machu Picchu.
  5. The Town – Most destinations aren’t equipped with their own town.  Sometimes the destination is the town!  At the bottom of Machu Picchu there is quaint little town with dozens of gift shops, but more importantly great food! I love my Peruvian food!

Save Money in Machu Picchu

The best way to save money in Machu Picchu is not to be a little bitch.  You’ll get hit up constantly from everyone and anyone for tips.  They’ll be forceful, but just say no.  It can be hard to say no to someone who just gave you a great service.

Before you get put into a situation where you need to give a tip remember these few things:

  • Tips are optional
  • The less money you tip, the more vacations you can go on in the future
  • Chances are almost everyone else will tip
  • Relying on a job because you think you’ll get tipped is a bad idea
  • It’s their fault that you’re not tipping them (literally!)

That’s the biggest money saver when your visiting Machu Picchu.  Everything else is pretty much standard.

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Concerts

Concerts

Concerts aren’t your average vacation, but its important that you understand how to save money at these bad boys. Ozzfest You’re sure going to go to a concert or two in your lifetime.  Why not saving some dough while your at it?

You can try to sneak in some food so you don’t need to buy anything or attempt to bring in a little of your own booze.  I try to remain as sober as possible throughout the whole concert in order to defend myself.  Those Pit brawls can get pretty hairy!

The only real choice you have to save serious $$ is what kind of seat you get.  You’ve got three basic choices:

  1. Lawn Seats – Just $20 a pop!
  2. Box Seats – Usually about 45-60 bucks each
  3. The Pit – Most expensive, and sells out quick.

There are definite pros and cons to each one of these choices.  You’ll have to login to ticketmaster knowing exactly what you want or it’ll be sold out by the time you make up your mind.

Lawn Seats

These are the cheapest, most drug infested and dirtiest tickets you can buy.  If you’re a big mosh pit guy you can actually get some decent pit action at most concerts when you get closer to the stage.  On the flip side if you’re not huge into the mosh pits than you can hang out on the lawn and enjoy yourself.

In the Pit you have zero choice in the matter.  Unless you’re a huge dude like myself you tend to get pushed around a lot.  When the biggest jam of the evening comes even I get thrown around.

Box Seats

These seats are for losers.  You go to concerts to get the feeling of really being there.  You don’t go to concerts to order Ben & Jerry’s for $8 a pop while you sit in your fancy chair.  I tried the box seat route at Ozzfest 05′.  Under certain circumstances getting a box seat can be a great choice!

  • Box Seats are great for older rockers
  • Comfortable for the handicapped
  • Great for concert newbies who want to avoid the lawn trash while still being close to to the band

Thank god I chose a box seat for Ozzfest 05′ because it was a freaking disaster.  The lawn crew decided to start ripping up the grass, and throwing it into the crowd.  It was so out of hand that about 50 security guards needed to head into the crowd just to stop the mess.  You can thank 10,000 pissed off people getting rained on for that catastrophe.

The Pit

The Pit is the best place to be in my opinion.  I’m 100% biased because I’m a really strong guy so I have no problem defending myself in the pit.  I will have to admit that I get kicked in the head at least a few times during a show.  I’ve gotten into several fights, but that’s part of the fun.

There is so much energy in the pit – its unbelievable.  It’s totally worth the money and bruises.