Monday, October 5, 2009

Machu Picchu

This is Ollanta train station. This is where we got the Vistadome train to Aguas Calientes, our last stop before Machu Picchu.

It was raining in Agua Calientes when we arrived.

These are the buses that took us to Machu Picchu. These are the only vehicles in Aguas Calientes. They were brought in by train and are the transportation to Machu Picchu.
The drive is back and forth along switchbacks. I just happened to snap a shot just as we came around a turn and there was Machu Picchu. Everyone's breath was taken away at the first sight of the mountain. It is difficult to see but the top of that mountain is it.
The walk into Machu Picchu.
First glimpse of the Majestic City of Machu Picchu, one of the seven wonders of the World.

Inka Prayer

Life comes from the practice of truth, honesty, and work.
Death comes from lies, theft and indolence.
Love and death depends upon us. Let us not forget

This is a fault line. The agrigulture was on the right side and the homes were on the left side.
At the top of this mountain in the picture below are more buildings. It is a 1-2 hour hike up to the top of it. It is called Waynapicchu. Next time I am getting a ticket to climb to the top of that mountain. You know next time when I have Ken with me.

The temple of the sun. The windows receive the sunlight on the Winter Solstice on June 21st and on Summer Solstice on December 22nd.

Our Tour Guide, Celio

Natural lawn mowers on the mountain.

It is really impossible to describe the beauty of this place. It is surrounded by beautiful mountains. The workmanship is amazing. At the bottom of this picture you can see the growth of trees and vines. Under all that growth is more of the city. They have decided to leave it as it was originally discovered in 1911.