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Machu Picchu

on the 4th of July!

Buenos Dias- I spent this past weekend in Machu Picchu. We took a train to the little town closest to the ruins, called Aguas Calientes. It is a total tourist town with lost of markets and restaurant fighting for you business as you walk up and down the streets. They approach you and try to get you to eat at their restaurant. We got to Aguas Calientes in the afternoon on Saturday. We stayed in a hotel and got up really really early Sunday morning (4:15 a.m.) to get in line for one of the first buses up to Machu Picchu. We got there right when it opened. It was still dark out. We climbed up to a high spot and sat on some rocks to watch the mist rise off the ruins. It was very peaceful and beautiful. The place was not yet crowded with hundreds and hundreds of tourists. As the day went on, the sky was clear and you could get some great views of the ruins from everywhere you walked. We walked all around and took pictures. In the afternoon we hiked to the Inca Bridge, which turned out to be nothing special, but the hike was nice with a lot of shade. It got pretty hot in the sun in the afternoon. Here are a few of my favorite pictures of Machu Picchu:

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Early morning overlooking the ruins.
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My favorite picture of the day
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Sonia and I
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Christine, me and Sonia
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Tres Ventanas (Three Windows)
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Checking out the Llama
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Our favorite rock spot, looking over the ruins.
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I really like the Llamas!!

I hope you enjoyed the pictures. I truly enjoyed my time at Machu Picchu. This coming weekend, I'm not sure what I'm going to do for an excursion. There is a transportation strike going on right now, so I don't want to go down south to Lake Titicaca because I may not be able to get transportation back to Cusco. I may stay around town and check out some ruins nearby. There is a place that I can walk to called "Sacsayhuaman". It is pronounced "sexy woman". Tee hee! It cracks me up every time someone says it. Well, ciao for now. Kristin

Posted by Kristinh 08:27

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Kristin - Pictures are incredible. I am so glad you are having a good time!

by Kathy Mays

How cool! What an amazing vista to have the curtain of darkness unveil! You and those ledges up high...you have no fear do you??

Take Care,
Dana

by Dana G.

Wow!! These pictures are amazing. You had a gorgeous day for site-seeing....the views are breathtaking and I'm just looking at the pictures :o) My favorite is the same as yours...the one with the colorful plants. You should submit that one to Kodak!

by Tracy

Buenos Tardes Senorita Kristin,

Your pictures are muy bueno y informative. I liked you and the llama picture. How is the food? Do they eat beans & rice like in Costa Rica? I assume you found some place to train for the marathon.

Amor,

Dad

by Stu Haagensen

WOW! That is all we can say...WOW! Thanks for including us in your posts! ~The Pehls....Greg, Natalie, Nick, Gina, Nancy, Matt and Riley the dog!

by The Pehls

Of all the ruins in the world, I think Machu Picchu is in the most spectacular physical setting. Thanks for getting up early to get some great photos, minus the hundreds of tourists.

by Jerry

way to go glad you were able to get up early and beat the crowds. How are things with your family?
Becky and I went running today. Are you getting any runs in these days?

by Melanie

Hey kristen. It all looks great. I hope you are having the time of your life.

by amanda

Wow honey - what great views!! The pictures are spectacular. I am glad you are having fun. I will be glad to see you when you get home.

by Mom

Ok - So I totally agree - the picture of the ruins with the flowers in front is gorgeous!! What a great adventure...doesn't appear to be too much of a challenge being away from home this time...
Julie

by Julie

Wow, looks amazing! Just catching up on all your blog entries, I was on vacation for the last week or so. Looks like an awesome trip. Hablo espanol bueno??? Hopefully improving your Spanglish?!

by Maureen Plunkett

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