Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Machu Picchu! A most wonderful place to visit!!!!

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!

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