20,000 leagues under the sky, 2004- travel blog

View from the west.

And another.

View of and from the Guardhouse.

The City Gate.

The observatory.

From halfway up Huayna Picchu, The big peak is Machu Picchu mountain!

Huayna Picchu, another ridiculous Inca staircase.

From the top of Huayna Picchu.

Huayna Picchu Guardhouse.

More flowers.

MP from HP Guardhouse.

Huayna Picchu.

looking up the valley.

HP from the bottom of the main square.

Something of the 5 windows,

Obervatory something, don't as me what, I didn't have a guide.

I didn't like the way he was looking at me.

View from the Sun Gate.

Through the Sun Gate, entry point from the Inca Trail.

Here come the sheep!

Inca quarry.


The Torreón.

Inside the Torreón

In the centre of MP.

I again got up at 5am today but this time I paid the $12 return for the bus as I had to get back for the train. The sky was clear although the sun wasn't actually above the mountains when I got into the park so I thought it would be a good day to go back up Huayna Picchu. The check point doesn't open until 7am so I explored another sector of the ruins first. The climb up HP was much easier without the rain and the views from the top were absolutely spectacular, even looking in other directions than the ruins. I took all the necessary photographs then walked back down the way I'd gone up this time. Back in the main ruins I tried to take full opportunity of the good weather, running (not literally) around getting all the good pictures I could. I did work quite systematically and I think I managed to visit every building in the whole city except those that were closed for repair or to protect them. In the afternoon I decided to walk up to the Sun Gate which is where the real Inca Trail enters the park, it looked relatively flat from the view from HP earlier. The path just went on for miles gradually climbiing until it was actually 30m higher than Huaynu Picchu (good old GPS!). However once again the views were magnificent and a 3rd angle view of the whole complex.

A final wander round the site when I got back gave me a chance to revisit my favourite places and ensure that I'd seen everything. I had thought that I might come back next month to do the trail but now I think I have obtained all the enjoyment I can from MP. Most Inca trail groups only get 5 or 6 hours in the ruins and don't get to do the big climb up MP mountain.

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