Friday, November 14, 2008

Peru Trip Timeline: Part 5 - Machu Picchu

As interesting as Cusco and Aguas Calientes were, our sole purpose in visiting them was realized with our trip to Machu Picchu. In the three summer vacations that Amy spent in PerĂº, she never once visited the ruins, putting it off until some future trip with her, yet unknown, husband. We knew that it would be a pretty cool experience, but little did we realize how breathtaking it would be. We had seen numerous pictures and even some video, both of which are horribly inadequate at conveying the beauty and scale of the site. We spent 5 hours walking around, climbing up and down stairs, ducking through tunnels, and peering in dark corners. We wanted to get to know Machu Picchu, as opposed to just visit.

Since we went without a guide, we really had no idea what the leading speculation was about different parts of the site. So instead of an explanation, I'll just put up some pictures.

These are some of the views as we walked in.

Some of us throughout the day.

Looking across the site.

To get a sense of how steep the mountain and terraces are.

Classic Incan stonework.

Views of the different areas.

Some of the critters that live there.

And last but certainly not least…

The classic Machu Picchu picture.

Disclaimer: While in PerĂº, Amy and I managed to take around 2250 photos, much less than our preparations, but still over 6GB worth. The pictures that we post online are, understandably, a small subset. The ones about which we blog are an even smaller subset. If you want to see more pictures, there are a couple of links on the side-bar. I will be uploading over the span of a few days and blogging could take a couple of weeks.

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