The above image is one of various sacrificial altars that can be found on and around the premisis. Some of the tour guides say that these things were only used to slaughter Alpaca or Llamas. Others say that they were used on small children who were gathered up from around the valley and chosen because they were the most beautiful kids around (and that to be chosen was a great honor…sounds like the type of prize I’d win). You can’t really tell what the truth is, but it’s my guess that if you build a sacrificial altar…sooner or later a person’s going to get sacrificed on it (I better slow down before I start irritating the NSA…National Sacrifical Altar Assosciation…”Sacrificial Altars don’t kill people…people do!”).
As always, to get to Cusco you probably are going to have to fly either LAN or Taca (flights with Taca). It’s only an hour trip.
So get out there and get crackin’ on your trip to Machu Picchu…I’m not sure that you can’t bring some sort of animal to sacrifice on that altar…I’ve never asked, but that smells suspiciously of the type of thing they’d just say no to…so until they actually say you can’t do it, it’s best to presume you can.