Peru – Machu Picchu

I took hundreds of photos in Machu Picchu and not one adequately captured the awe-inspiring, breathtaking beauty, but here are a few from my visit. To see them larger, simply click on the photo.

Panoramic View - before the crowds show up!

Machu Picchu - Las Ruinas (The Ruins)

Stunning views ...this is the BIG mountain climb ... what is the name?

The air was deliciously clean ...

Contemplative Llamas ...

Some of the terraces ... these were all built by hand ...

Some of the buildings ...

... more ...

... a different view a bit later ... clouds and impending rain, much welcomed by this parched Californian!

Aaaah ... cool, refreshing, invigorating, delicious, gentle rain!

I am still mentally and emotionally processing this experience. What I will take away from this and keep with me for the rest of my life is a feeling, and though our group was given a very informative tour by a very knowledgeable tour guide (Eddie), what I will remember more than the history, is how warm, welcoming, gracious, and kind he was.

I will always remember how the air was so clean.

My breathing was surprisingly good at this altitude. Yes, it took a few minutes at first to get my breathe, and it was very helpful to stop now and then to hear the history and to take photos. We did not take on any super challenging hiking (no Inca Trail, no BIG mountain pictured above … which I cannot remember the name of and at this time I cannot find it and I have to go to sleep!), but I felt like I could have hiked UP almost anything (as long as I had a wall or railing or something to hold on to because a few times I felt a little wambly … THAT was the altitude and that is my story and I’m sticking to it.) Downhill … well, that’s an entirely different story. For some reason, I often find it harder to hike down than up.

If you’re interested in learning more about Machu Picchu, here are a few good sites to check out:

I’ll be posting more about my trip to Peru. The food. The sites. The people. The experience.

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