Marvellous Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is so wonderful that in fact it’s one of the New7Wonders of the World (by the way, 4 down and 3 to go!). With such a well-known and famous site, expectations were sky-high and I was slightly worried that it wouldn’t live up to the hype. I’m happy to say that it met expectations in all ways and it was one of the highlights of the entire trip. The other question of course then is, with such a well visited site and therefore well photographed, how do you take an original snap? So obviously I took a lot of photos. For such a place where its image is plastered over everything in Peru (yes everything) I hope there are a couple of angles and views that you maybe haven’t seen before.

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Aguas Calientes (now officially renamed Machu Picchu Pueblo) is the ‘basecamp’ for visits. Its location is stunning and then there was a rainbow too 🙂
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After a tough hike up in the dark we reached Machu Picchu itself which was, in the early morning, atmospherically shrouded in mist
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Mist came and went and added a mysterious air to the place
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Llamas are free to roam about the citadel
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You can get up close and personal
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Steps, oh so many steps.  These felt like they would just drop down and disappear
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Mist cleared and revealed stunning views
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The classis view from up around the guardhouse
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Climbing high up gives an impressive overview of the terrain. I think even without the ruins of Machu Picchu the location itself is one of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen
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Machu Picchu from above. It looks small compared to the massive landscape that envelops it. The mountain that provides a stunning backdrop to the ruins is called Huayna Picchu. You can climb it, that is if you book months in advance. Only 400 people are allowed to climb each day.
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Even though, to my eyes at least, it seems impossibly steep, there are also ruins up there
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You can get a good view of the layout of the citadel from above
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Hi mum
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You can also walk up to the Sun Gate and it’s worth it for views like this
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Machu Picchu from a distance
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A posy pic was a must-do
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And then there was a huge downpour. Even the llamas tried to escape to a dry area. On a side note it was interesting to see the irrigation and drainage channels in use

 

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After being completely soaked in the rain I was ready to leave but it cleared a little and I decided to do one last tour of the site; I’m so glad that I did
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It was a strange mix of mist, rain and sunshine that gave a nice ambience
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…and there were less people
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A family of yellow hunchbacks enjoy the rain
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The terraces are impressive

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…and then there was a rainbow
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One final shot of Machu Picchu, gratuitously in black and white 

 

Next up: Cusco and thereabouts

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