Saturday, June 20, 2009

Machu Picchu

Since our guide wanted us to get an early start so that we could see the sunrise over Machu Picchu, we caught the 5:45 AM bus from Aguas Calientes to the main entrance of Machu Picchu. The packed bus wound its way up the switchbacks and in about 30 minutes we found ourselves in a long line waiting to enter the park along with all the other early risers. We made it just in time to enjoy a spectacular sunrise over the mist shrouded ruins, and we were also able to snag tickets to climb to the top of Waynapicchu (they only give out 400 tickets per day). 

Just before the first rays of sun appeared...



Sunrise...

That's the road the bus travels on from
Aquas Calientes to the park entrance...
Daybreak...


That's Waynapicchu in the distance - 
we climbed it later in the day...
The agricultural terraces basking in 
the early morning sunlight...
Visitors enjoying the view...







The Sun's Temple...
All this is making me dizzy!

Resident llamas or are they alpacas?
Magnificent stone walls...
Temple of the Three Windows...
Some of the wildlife we spotted...

Morning at Machu Picchu...


Heading up to the top of Waynapicchu...
Just follow the signs...
Spectacular views from Waynapicchu...
Almost at the top - that's Machu Picchu 
in the lower right...
There are even Incan ruins up here...
It's a long way down, though...

Late afternoon at Machu Picchu...
In spite of the thousands upon thousands of visitors who come to see Machu Picchu each day, we never felt like we were getting crowded out. Getting up extra early to see the sunrise was well worth it, and I'd have to say that hiking to the top of Waynapicchu was one of the highlights of the day. We were told that we would be eaten alive by pesty bugs, but the only bugs we saw were at the top of Waynapicchu...some odd looking flies, but they didn't bother us. I'm so happy that I was finally able to experience magical Machu Picchu in person. There is so much to explore here, though, and learn about, so if I ever go back to Peru, I'll definitely try to make the trek back to Machu Picchu. But now it's time to move on to our next stop: the jungle.

Click HERE if you want to take a virtual tour of Machu Picchu and learn more about it.

5 comments:

chrome3d said...

Brilliant photos all of them. Is it just me or was it really clean and bright air up there?

rainfield61 said...

A series of beautiful images. It is amazing to see various assemblies of stones in such an interesting manner.

Chako-chan said...

Thank you for sharing the spectacular scenes. I could feel the magical atmosphere up there. I also got dizzy. I look forward to the jungle photos!

Oz Girl said...

I had to stop and enlarge many of these photos so I could really feel like I was there. The stone is in incredibly good condition, not much wear over all this time.

I can't imagine how glorious that must have felt to be there at sunrise. What an experience. In my past days of travelling, I found that sometimes I would actually get a lump in my throat at the sheer emotional power some of the places can exert over one. Does that make sense?!

I hope someday I can go back to my travelling ways -- this new hubby is not one for travelling, in fact, he has trouble understanding the need to travel. I have always been a travel nut, and even love road trips in the good ole USA.

So I'm living vicariously through you for the moment. :)

NPT said...

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