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Day 7 Machu Picchu

foggy morning, Grand Citadel

We decided not to get up at 4am to see the sunrise at Machu Picchu as you only get to see it 10 percent of the time. Instead we left the hotel at 6am and headed to the long line of tourists who were waiting to catch buses up the mountain to the Grand citadel of the Incans known as Machu Picchu. When we got up in the morning the town was shrouded in fog and a misty rain which didn't look that promising for our long awaited visit. it didn't take long to catch a bus as they were going up and down the mountain continuously. I am not a very brave traveller when it comes to mountains and it was probably a good thing that I couldn't see too much due to the fog. the drivers here are crazy. We arrived at the top of the mountain in fog and climbed the first section of the steps to the top of the Citadel. You can only go one way around Machu Picchu so our guide suggested we waited in a spot which would give the best photos as we couldn't come back later if the fog lifted. After waiting for about an hour it started to lift and we were rewarded with a magnificent view. For the next two hours we walked among the building hearing the story surrounding it all. the Incans and their predecessors were amazing engineers and builders. My history knowledge of this part of the world has certainly improved over the past week. I tried to get a selfie with an alpaca just like everyone else on instagram but the alpaca wasn't interested in playing his part. Back to Aguas Calientes and lunch around the town square before we boarded the train and headed back to Cusco, A fantastic day.IMG_4033.JPGIMG_4057.JPGIMG_3982.JPGIMG_4180.JPGIMG_4064.JPGIMG_3993.JPGIMG_4163.JPGIMG_4031.JPGIMG_3986.JPGIMG_3985.JPGIMG_3981.JPG

Posted by carobedd 20:05 Archived in Peru Tagged machu piccu

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