Reaching Machu Picchu


Post two of my Peru images.  Arriving at Machu Picchu. I don’t think Hiram Bingham saw Machu Picchu like this in 1911. As a matter of fact, it was covered in vines and other vegetation. But the archeologist discovered the remains with help from the locals and eventually determined that this was the lost capital of the Inca Empire. This view has been disputed since many think Vilcabamba was the real lost city.  Most impressive is its precisely-cut stone walls, bound together without mortar. It is thought that Machu Picchu was built around 1450.

 

Temple Of The Sun

 

URUBAMBA RIVER FROM THE TOP OF MACHU PICCHU IN PERU

 

From nearby Huayna Picchu, which rises steeply  850 feet above the ruins. It’s amazing from this view to see that Machu Picchu is rather small compared to the surrounding landscape.

 

The climb up Huayna Picchu is very, very steep……

 

My friend Bob stood out amongst the ruins. We arrived early in the morning when it wasn’t so crowded.

 

 

Finely carved rock walls.

 

 

My friend Jennifer poses.

 

The terraces of the agricultural zone.

 

The house llamas

 

A LONE TREE GROWS IN THE PLAZA OF MACHU PICCHU. THE TREE WAS FIRST A STUMP USED FOR SUPPORT BUT SPROUTED INTO A FULLY GROWN TREE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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19 comments

  1. Just gorgeous! That’s one of the few places in the world that I would like to visit.

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  2. It has always been on my bucket list – even before I knew about bucket lists!

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  3. You had some fairly clear weather, luck was with you! I was amazed to see the site has been excavated three times the size it was when I was there – whew!
    The precise fit of the stones throughout the Inca Empire I found so amazing since I don’t believe they used iron tools, just stone. What??

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  4. Amazing that these people could build this place on such difficult terrain! Fantastic photo’s!

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  5. Stunning photos…….thanks for sharing the history and your visit!

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  6. Yours are the best among all the MP photos that I have seen. I like the third one especially.
    The climbing is awfully steep.

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  7. Mr ET would like to travel here one day. I’ll show him your beautiful photos.

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  8. Gorgeous photos! Particularly like the one of the Temple of the Sun with the clouds rolling in. I’ve got to get there!

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