Marc & Lisy's little adventure travel blog

The postcard view from the care-takers over look. We had just arrived...

Another view from above, showing the agricultural terraces. The fertile soil was...

We were lucky to arrive early, so for a while we had...

Maybe this could be next year's Xmas card picture!

You can get a feel for how steep the mountains are here....

Here we are again.

Here is Lisy on a little perch.

Every building here is full of symbology, and each one has a...

Another postcard view!

Looking out from the city at the surrounding mountains. This is no...

Here is Marc and his new pet, an Alpaca. The Inca's domesticated...

Lisy in flight. The next picture is actaully more funny, as she...

You can see the detail of the stonework in this picture. It...

Looking out from an Inca hallway to the mountains beyond.

Here is Lisy relaxing on another little perch.

The postcard view pics that we showed earlier were taken from the...

At one point in time, these rooms had thatched roofs and were...

This is the central plaza, and the residential areas are behind.

This is the industrial sector, look at the mountains reaching to the...

Marc on the sacred plaza area, the main religous areas are up...

Another view of the main area. This was taken from where the...

It's hard to imagine how this place has withstood the test of...

Another couple shot. Marc is saying, are sure my wallet is still...

Lisy, in the plaza of the three doorways.

Marc looking out over the main plaza. This would have been a...

Another view of the compound, the ceremonial baths are in the middle,...

Lisy, peaking out from a residential doorway.

You can see the Urubamba river thousands of feet below. The Incas...

The agricultural terraces seem to drop away into the abyss.

Lisy and a herd of Alpaca. It is said that their fur...


By this point in our Journey, Lisy and I have seen some truly amazing things. We both had high expectations for Machu Picchu, the "Lost City of the Incas", but we were afraid it wouldn't compare to Angkor Wat or the Taj Mahal. Well, we were blown away! Machu Picchu is probably the most amazing place that either of us have ever seen!

These ruins are perched high above a steep sided river valley, way up in the Andes Mountains. The surrounding mountain peaks literally reach up into the clouds, and you can hear the roar of a river thousands of feet straight down below. The ruins are remarkably well preserved and show the ingenuity of the Inca population. This city was completely self sufficient; it had areas for agriculture, livestock, and food storage. It even had running water thanks to a diverted stream and an incredible network of canals and tunnels. The Inca people turned a sheer mountain face into a perfect city, that was safe from attack by their enemies.

Much of Machu Picchu's history is still a mystery, which adds to it's allure. It is believed to have been built in the 1400's and was abandoned during the collapse of the Inca civilization, which happened when the Spanish invaded in the late 1500's. It is rumored that only the elite of Inca society even new about it's existence, so when they died, so did all memeory of the city! Because of this and it's remoteness, the city was then completely "lost", and was not rediscovered by the Western World until 1911 by an American scientist. It so remote that is still difficult to get to, no roads go here. The only way in is a grueling 4 day hike along the fabled Inca trail, or a 4 hour train ride. Considering that the hike crosses mountain passes more than 14,000 feet high and it has been pouring rain, we opted for the train!

We were completely taken by the entire scene at Machu Picchu. You can still feel the presence of the Incas, and the view is breath-taking in every direction. We literally took more than 100 pictures and we spent hours in total awe of of our surroundings. It is truly a special place, and one that we recommend to everyone. Visiting Machu Picchu is a highlight of our entire around the world voyage!



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