We had gorgeous weather and views. The fog burned off by noon. No insane loads of tourists either. Also, I have to thank my hubby - best partner on the planet - who could have easily finished in half the time it took - but who stuck by me and cheered me up that challenging, fantastic climb.
This memorable day in a nutshell:
Sleepy, stinky, bumpy, foggy, smiling, crying, breathing, aching, loving, laughing, gloating, grateful.
ps post cerro machu picchu syndrome...
3:40am - Alarm rings. Dressed in full gear the night before, roll of out bed and land on hiking boots.
4:08am - Breakfast. Coffee and waffles. Race back to room to find Biela's bed soiled with poop! UGHH!!! Not sure who the guilty party is - (not since Manly's poop incident in Oaxaca). No time to think, roll up bed and throw it on the balcony. We'll deal with this later...
5:30am - Ollantaytambo train to Aguas Clientes (1 1/2 hrs) + bus ride (30min) to entrance of Machu Picchu
7:40am - Tour begins. Fog slowly fades. Then bam, the realization hits you, I'm in MP!!!
Although "discovered" by Mr Bingham in 1911, he was greeted by 2 innkeepers who lived at the entrance of MP and in spite of sprawling vegetation, it was a young quechua boy who led him to the heart of the ruins...
|steps inside the pachamama temple|
|macccchuuuu pickkkchhhhuuu baabbby!|
|condor temple - see the natural wing formation of the rocks?|
|lifting fog, magical terrace|
|staring contest with baby llama|
|andean cross: the play of stone, light and shadow to create the cross|
|which came first the mountain or stone shaped like a mountain?|
9:20am - Make our way to the to the Cerro Machu Picchu (in quechua means "old mountain")
10:15 - Hike begins. Gotta sign in.
|no idea why i'm doing this smile|
12:15am - On top of the Cerro Machu Picchu (10,009ft)
|close up of huayna picchu ("young mountain")|
2:48pm - Leaving Machu Picchu not before the boy's quick trip to the inca drawbridge!
|looking back up at the cerro mp peak|
|inca bridge - closed - since some one fell off!|
5:35pm - Back in Ollantaytambo. Greeted by wagging tails and later post MP pisco sour...
|are they back yeeet?|
|celebratory pisco sour. salud chicos!|