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Salkantay to Machu Picchu – Peru

The main event (if you will) of our travels through Peru was a five day hiking trip that reached a 4,600 meter pass beneath the beauty of the mountain, Apu Salkantay, which is sacred for the Inca, and culminated at the ruins of Machu Picchu. It was a pretty amazing trip, made more amazing by the fabulous company we had in our tour trip. Besides myself as the lone american (whew), there was Mari, her brother Tshilo, friend Julito, four fantastic Argentinos, two splendid individuals from Basque country in Spain, Crystal from Canada, and our absolutely amazing guide, Juana. We couldn’t have asked for a better group considering none of us knew all the rest before we started and we only had five intense days of hiking, sleeping, and carousing to get along with one another. Unfortunately Mari and my camera passed on to the sleepy world of death a day and a half before we reached Machu Picchu so we only have pics up to a certain point. Here are some of the highlights but if you have time and are interested in the exhaustive line of photos, you will have to follow this link because, well, we (read, I) take a exorbitant amount of photos.

Walls and rooftops

In and around Cusco

Accordian busking in Cusco

Accordian busking in Cusco

Tshilo doubled as our tour guide

Tshilo doubled as our tour guide

Mate de coca

Mate de coca

The terraces of Moray

The terraces of Moray

Ollantaytambo

Ollantaytambo

Limping up the steps of Ollantaytambo

Limping up the steps of Ollantaytambo

Sacsayhuaman.

Sacsayhuaman was probably the biggest surprise for me, and therefore the most exciting of all the ruins we visited. It is located about a 25 minute walk just up the hill from Cusco and has the most enormous boulders you have ever seen in your life, and they fit perfectly together over and over and over again. There is nothing like this at Machu Picchu at least not to this scale. And to top it all off, people who study these things are pretty sure that the boulders were brought from about 5 kilometers away, which is also different from Machu Picchu where all the rocks they needed were basically right there. So we took some snacks and waited for everyone to leave and watched the sunset. It was pretty amazing.

People.

Tshilo, Mari, Julito, in the Plaza de las Armas.


This picture is specially chosen for my mother. She loves it when I make this face.


Tshilo.


Mari.


Julito.

Doors and Windows – Peru.

StarPeru flight into Cusco.


Qoricancha. In Cusco.
Incan walls with Spanish cathedral built on top.


Qoricancha.


Qoricancha.

Sacsayhuaman ruins. Above Cusco.


Sacsayhuaman ruins.
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