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