Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is 4 hours from Cusco via a very comfortable train that winds its way slowly, slowly, through the countryside. 
This is one of those sites that are known in magazines and TV specials around the world. You've all seen it. But, like Monument Valley, having some inevitable expectations when you arrive doesn't diminish the feeling of astonished wonder when you get there. The Eiffel Tower, the Coliseum in Rome, other places I've been, I've kind of said to myself, yeah, here it is in person. Cool, but it would have been better to keep the surprise. Here, the reality surpasses any iconic ideas laid down by media-saturation.
Ya gotta go. 
So here are some pictures anyway.
Machu Picchu Village: time to switch to the bus

The hill next door


The Southbound Inca Trail, where they would just destroy the bridge behind them if pursued

Bromelaids everywhere

The Temple of the Moon, if I remember correctly...

Just imagine that covered in crops

No comments: