Peru II - Machu Picchu

Visiting Machu Picchu (meaning "Old Peak" in Quechua language)  is a MUST. Even the place is full of tourists (the daily limit is 2500 visitors), with good logistics it is possible to avoid crowds and enjoy that mysterious place of peace and power in "privacy".
on our way to Machu Picchu, we crossed that ridge (2300m) on the right. The valley itself is known for its quality coffee
first view at Machu Picchu (behind us)  from "Jaktapata"
after descending into the canyon of the Vilcanota River, we hitchhiked the truck that took us into Santa Teresa (1550m). Nice small town with amazing thermal pools
from Santa Teresa it is possible to take a train or walk along the tracks to Aquas Calientes
Aquas Calientes (1500m) is a base for visiting Machu Picchu (2400m+), so you can expect a lot of tourists
it is worthy to be up there as soon as possible (6:00 a.m.). The morning fog is slowly flying away and the view is magical
local tourists
mountains around....
precise stone work

Belma and Intihuatana - The Stone of Sun
we spent there whole day, climbed up to Machu Picchu mountain (3050m), walked to The Gate of Sun and to the Inca bridge and before sun-set, we wander through the main parts of that extraordinary city, almost alone.

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