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Machu Picchu

Monday, June 27, 2011

Machu Picchu was the focal point of our trip to South America, the point around which we’d made all our plans. So when a family member generously gifted us a hotel room for a night during our travels, we wisely used the voucher for the one hotel that sits next to Machu Picchu. Our stay included massages, champagne, use of their incredible hot tub, unlimited drinks and three meals. It felt so incredibly luxurious after trekking and camping, a little bit wrong but oh so right. Aside from all these material perks, the number one advantage to this hotel is that by staying there, you can be the last ones to stay at the site until closing, and the first ones there in the morning. All other visitors have to take a bus to or from the village at the base of Machu Picchu (Aguas Calientes). This is the hotel’s number one selling point — and the reason we used our gift to stay there.

I wanted to share a few more photos from our 2 days at the site. Day 1, we did the tour with Fredy, and wandered around on our own in the afternoon, staying through golden hour when the park emptied out. Day 2, we hiked Machu Picchu Mountain, which is the high mountain behind the site. The hike was harder than we’d expected (Fredy had suggested it as a better, safer alternative to the steeper trail up Huayna Picchu), but from the top we had fantastic views of both the site and of our campground the last night on the trail (Winay Waynay).

Going through these photos again, I’m reminded of how much we both adored Machu Picchu.  It truly is the most beautiful place either of us has ever been.  Without further ado, the highlights:


Groundkeepers of Machu Pichu

Golden hour at Machu Picchu = bliss

Rainbow over Machu Picchu

"Inca" means "stairs," goes the joke they tell you on the trail

View of Machu Picchu, from Machu Picchu mountain

Stairs up Machu Picchu Mountain

Rest hut on Machu Picchu Mountain

View of Winay Winay camp from Macchu Pichu

View of Machu Picchu & the river below... how did they build it where they did??

Orchid at MP

Chinchillas at MP!


A view of some of the terraces on the back side of Machu Picchu

Llama in the field in MP


5 Comments leave one →
  1. Tuesday, June 28, 2011 8:05 am

    Just gorgeous!

  2. Jen permalink
    Tuesday, June 28, 2011 2:59 pm

    How did you manage to scare all the people away but not the chinchillas?

    • Kristen permalink*
      Thursday, June 30, 2011 8:09 am

      My amazing photo skillz! 🙂

  3. Shephard permalink
    Sunday, July 24, 2011 11:41 am

    Beautiful and peaceful. 🙂 We loved the little hut. 🙂


  4. Marina permalink
    Wednesday, August 3, 2011 11:28 am

    Beautiful pics! And you guys look so happy!

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