Thursday, June 21, 2012
Those of you that have been following my Peru series know I have been saving the best for last - our day at Machu Picchu.
This is one of those places that no picture can truly encapsulate. The wonder of seeing this magical place in person cannot truly be described. However, I'll give it a go :)
We woke up at 4:15am in order to catch the very first shuttle to the top to be there at opening. See that big mountain the back of that picture? One of the first things we did in the morning was go on a hike to the top of it! Click HERE to see me struggling up the steep stairs to get to the top!
This is walking up to the base of the mountain we are about to climb, called Huayna Picchu. We had planned on doing this hike for quite some time, and I had seen many pictures of the mountain, like the one below. But after seeing it in person, I almost refused to do it! The mountain looked so huge in real life, I couldn't believe it took a mere hour and a half to walk to the top! It didn't seem possible, but my boyfriend talked me into it (by so sweetly suggesting we could turn back at any time) and I'm so glad I did. It ended up truly being a highlight of the trip!
This is a picture of me at the top, taken by my boyfriend.
The hike up the mountain puts you at about 1000 feet over Machu Picchu.
Here was our view of Machu Picchu from the top of the Huayna Picchu.
After the hike we had fun exploring the ruins.
This is my boyfriend taking a picture of the mountains. We like taking pictures of each other taking pictures :)
The Incans had quite a view!
This is one of my favorite shots, taken towards the end of the day, after most of the crowds had died down. A couple of llamas started grazing.
We had a beautiful blue sky the whole day, but towards the late afternoon when the sun started to set, some ominous clouds rolled in and we heard a bit of thunder in the distance.