Machu Picchu- one of the wonders of the ancient world- is such an amazing place! Everyone should visit here!!! In our travels in South America, we seldom ran into other Americans- except for Machu Picchu! americans were everywhere- this wonderful ruin has really caught our eye!
I have already gone over how to get here, how to buy tickets, now, just enjoy this place! Spend at least 2 days here- one to crawl around and get to know it, a second to just spend time on the details! Please don't be one of those tourists who come for 4 hours from Cuzco- give this World Heritage Site the due it deserves- trust me! You will love it even more! If we had not given it a second day, we never would have been up closeand personal with an Alpaca:-)
One note- the walk to the Sun Gate takes a couple hours and is totally worth it. If you only have one day (not the two I recommend) walk to the Sun Gate and skip climbing Huaynapicchu. The views are spectacular!!!!
The Walk to the Sun Gate- the entry point to Machu Picchu for people hiking the Inca Trail- is about a 1 1/2 mile hike from the entry of Machu Picchu- the views are spectacular, the climb fairly easy. But count on it taking at least an hour each way.
|Rich doing Yoga on the hillside|
Machu Picchu!!!! We all know Machu Picchu! It is even better in person!!!!
|They had an intricate irrigation system both to drain the water from rain and to store water for crops and drinking|
|The main plaza|
|Terracing down the mountain was incredible! This is how they farmed|
|Alpaca's were everywhere!|
|The views: spectacular!|
|A few trees here and there!|