Machu Picchu, an Incan Wonder

Posted: June 10, 2013 in Peru, South America

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I love to travel.  When speaking to people, I find that there are many that also love to see new places, experience new sounds, smells and vistas.  There are many people who are not that interested in travel.  And there is nothing wrong with this, as there are so many pursuits available to us in this day and age.

One thing I do find, no matter who you speak to, is say the words “Machu Picchu” to most people, and they will know exactly what you are talking about!  The Incan people, whilst only powerful for a short period of history, left an indelible mark on the planet, and Machu Picchu is the crowning glory.

Mirella and I rejoined forces at the base of the great ruin, in a small town called Aguas Calientes (hot waters).  Whilst Mirella looked like she had just walked 80km over four days across huge mountains and lost almost all remaining body fat (of which there was none to begin with!), I was fresh as a daisy!

We were up early, as the sunrise is always spectacular at the ruins, and a quick bus ride up the side of the mountain delivers you to the view above (after a quick walk!).

We spent the day exploring the ruins, and doing a little more hiking (as Mirella had not done enough already!) up Huayna Picchu, the mountain pictured above behind the ruins.  The walk up is tough, and reveals this view.

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It is an amazing place, and we spent the majority of a day hiking all over the site.  It was surprisingly uncrowded, an advantage of being here off-season.  Below is a post of pictures, it is a photographer’s worst nightmare, as every step reveals a new and interesting image…

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