October 19, 2014

Machu Picchu pictures and a little more...

Machu Picchu!
The Incas built a highly advanced network of nearly 40,000 thousand kilometers of trails to connect the distant corners of their vast empire that stretched from Quito in Ecuador down to Santiago in Chile and east to Mendoza in Argentina. Cusco was at the heart of this great empire. Almost all of the principal trails in the mountains surrounding Cusco were built or improved upon by the Incas. However, a particularly beautiful 43km section of mountain trail connecting the important Inca archaeological sites of Runcuracay, Sayacmarca, Phuyupatamarca, Wiñay Wayna and Machu Picchu has become popular with hikers in the last 30 years and has become known as the "Inca Trail to Machu Picchu".  Here are our pictures of our Camino Inka!!


The four amigos!!
My New/Old Iphone!

Cathedral in Cuzco

Awesome restaurant and pretty cool sign. 

Different hat in Cusco! Friendly looking campesina.

Moray or Muray is an archaeological site in Peru approximately 50 km northwest of Cuzco on a high plateau at about 3,500 m and just west of the village of Maras.

The Incas did agricultural testing in this site to see what crops grew at what elevations...  Amazing!! 

Going up!  Going down didn't look as cool....  : ) 


Salt has been obtained in Maras by evaporating salty water from a local subterranean stream. The highly salty water emerges at a spring, a natural outlet of the underground stream. The flow is directed into an intricate system of tiny channels constructed so that the water runs gradually down onto the several hundred ancient terraced ponds.




My sexy woman in front of Saksaywaman which is a walled complex on the northern outskirts of the city of Cusco, Peru, the former capital of the Inca Empire. Like many Inca constructions, the complex is made of large polished dry stone walls, with boulders carefully cut to fit together tightly without mortar.
My Saksay new hat......



Check out the saksay moon!!

Different Hats in Ollantaytambo.

First bridge on Camino Inka.

Listo!


The crew!!!  6 of us are not only from Los Estados Unidos but Wisconsin!!  Crazy!!


The first remain.  They call them remains, because they were not found by the Spaniards and ruined...

Zzzzzzzzz....

This is a typical camp site along the trail.  

A typical burro....


The stare down....  Who's more stubborn????? 


Some porters along the trail......

Top of the highest pass.....

Top of the pass in the rain!!



I tried to hold it until Machu Picchu!  See why??



Another remain. 

Top of the Inca world!


Heading into a cave.. 


The mess tent!

Getting ready for the last push to Machu Picchu!

After three nights, the anticipation is killing us!!



At last, the ninth Inca's capital! 

Victory!

It's 5:00 somewhere???


Where's the chincilla?

Stairway to heaven!

Howdy neighbor.

After the hike we met to have lunch.  The train goes right through the middle of town.  This is the first class train that we didn't take.  

This is the second class train we did take..  



Off to the airport
Sunset on Banos del Inca