losmorris (losmorris) wrote,

Machu Picchu

Having lived in Peru for almost a year now we finally made the trek to one of the Seven Wonders of the World and Peru's most visited tourist site. The ocassion was the visit from the States of my sister Sharon and her husband Craig.

It was a pretty intense trip - including Cusco, the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca - and most of it spent between 10,000-13,000 feet above sea level. Fortunately Sharon and Craig came from Denver and Richard and I had lived there for over 15 years. We were humbled however by the magnitude and altitude of the Andes - this country has seriously high mountains!

So onto the travels..... I'll do a separate post for each of the destination points since they were each unique and worthy of separate mention.

Machu Picchu

There are two ways to get to Machu Picchu - you either trek in on the Inca Trail or take the train in from Cusco. We chose the latter but are considering doing a trek next April or May. In any case the train accomodations are pretty nice.

The train arrives in Aguas Calientes, which was just a small pueblo when I was there 10 years ago and has now grown to meet the tourist demand. Sadly, the development has created a bit of chaos and not so much planned development. But after a bus trip up the mountain we arrived in the Machu Picchu ruins and were suitably impressed. This is a place that truly deserves its designation on the list of the Seven Wonders:

So here we all are standing in what has to be one of the most photographed locations in the world.

And the picture you have seen in all the travel books

And no Morris family posting would be complete without recognition of the original citizens of this famous spot:

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