After having some drinks and writing in my diary we continued
the trail to out last night. Since '96 it is normally no more allowed to spend the
night at Intipunku or the 'Gate
of the Sun'. If one doesn't make a fire and do their best not to endanger
oneself there are any problems expected by the two night watchmen.
We arrived there at late afternoon and had to say good-bye to
Zenon and the two chasquis because
they didn't stay with us and continued through Machu
Picchu until Aquas Calientes.
It was an emotional farewell and after giving them their well-earned propina they
left us. Luckily some English persons had the same idea as us and we could use their
fire to cook and have some hot thee. Many people stayed there to be part of the sunset
of the Inti Raymi in Machu Picchu.
The name Intipunku is
not chosen by coincidence. As being the 'Gate of the Sun',
the sun at its highest point falls the 21st of December right through this gate in
the left-hand side window of the Temple of the Sun. The other important date of the
Incas and even more important is the Inti
Raymi (the 21st of December) and is also called the winter solstice.
This day is tomorrow and the Sun will fall through the other window on the right-hand
side of the temple. We are all very exited as the night falls in the Intipunku. Night
falls, we are 1,000m lower than the night before. It is going to be a hot night
last night and... to Machu Picchu