Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Aqui estoy ... en Machu Picchu!!

Saturday was our day at Machu Picchu, finally the main attraction :) A bunch of us from the group decided we wanted to climb Wayna Picchu. (You know the classic picture of Machu Picchu with the big mountain in back? That one) But because the path is Inca steps that are crumbling, they only allow 400 people a day so we had to get up really early to be on the first few busses to be one of those 400. (Like 4am early) But it was totally worth it. The hike was nothing compared to Colca canyon and the views were awesome. And after getting our stamps we were into Machu Picchu early so we got to watch the sun come over the mountains and the clouds clear and enjoy time with less people around. (And see some llamas!)

Cloudy still

Starting to clear up
Classic picture
Yeah, that mountain there on the right. The giant one with the sheer rock faces. :D
These feet climbed that mountain
The Incas had some sweet architecture
Starting the climb up...
View back of Machu Picchu
In Peru, sheer drops are not roped off. You can wander wherever you like. I guess they figure if you fall off that's your problem.
Steep stairs for the way down
All in all, gorgeous. Pictures, of course, don't do it justice.
So you should all come to Peru :)

Hasta la proxima

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