The trip to Machu Picchu was the focal point of our trip to Peru. It’s a difficult place to visit, as it requires traveling from Cusco to the Sacred Valley, taking a train from the Sacred Valley to the town of Aguas Calientes, and then a bus bright and early in the morning to the UNESCO World Heritage site. Pictures follow the jump.
This is a picture of me looking at the ruins and Huayna Picchu before sunrise. The mountain most prominently featured in photos is Huayna Picchu, not Machu Picchu.
We brought chocolate covered coffee beans to wake us up. We sat for about an hour just taking it all in.
Here are the first sun beams shining over the surrounding mountains. The warmth of the rays was invigorating. An indigenous South American stood behind me in a sun salutation as the sun poured onto the mountain.
A moment which I will never forget.
We took a walk up the mountain of Machu Picchu. These are the surrounding mountains. I recommend this hike because it’s not too strenuous and not overpopulated with tourists.
E. took this photo of orchids and Huayna Picchu.
More snow covered mountains.
About eight to ten llamas wandered around the ruins. They appeared to be the lawn mowers. I fell in love with this long lashed baby.
This rabbit-like creature was sleeping standing up. Other tourists were not quite as excited about his appearance as I was.
Machu Picchu mountain and surrounding ruins. The site is amazingly well kept.
For tourists visiting Machu Picchu, at the time of this post, the tourist buses start transporting tourists from Aguas Calientes around 6:00 a.m. A lot of tourists get in line very early in order to arrive and walk up Huayna Picchu. The site operators only allow a certain number of hikers on Huayna Picchu. They accept 200 people at 7:00 a.m. and 200 at 10:00 a.m., so people line up early. Rather than getting in another line upon entrance, I suggest watching the sunrise opposite from Huayna Picchu (where you first enter the area). We found the sunrise to be one of the best experiences there.
I heartily recommend visiting Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley for those considering a trip to Peru.