Saturday, April 19, 2008

Machu Picchu Pictures

This is actually the view of Wayna Picchu from Machu Picchu. Machu Picchu means "old mountain", and Wayna Picchu means "young mountain." There is a trail from Machu Picchu that takes you up to the ruins close to the top of Wayna Picchu. They are supposed to be the guard post area. This day was very socked in, rainy and it looked like that trail had been closed to tourists.
Here is our entrance into the site. As you can see, it was very wet! But, not a Houston type of downpour. More like a soft, gentle rain. At intervals of about 20 minutes it would stop. The terrain is extremely steep. This section is the agricultural terraces, with the buildings ahead of us.
This is looking down to the area our guide said the Inca resided when visiting Machu Picchu. We learned rather quick to take anything he said with a huge chunk of salt. Often, during any of our tours, it was necessary to discern that sometimes what was given as fact was opinion, and what was given as the thought of the Inca was simply the thought of the guide. That said, do your own research first, and unless you think you can't do it on your own, do!
If you can ever go to Machu Picchu, do! But do yourself a huge favor and join the South American Adventurers, first. Wish we had, to have avoided some of the less than pleasant parts of our visit. We do know what to do the next time, and definitely plan to return to explore this area again!

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