Family at Machu Pichu
This is a closer view of the main plaza
of Machu Pichu.
When it was "discovered" by the western world, the jungle had practically re-claimed the site,
obscuring all the buildings.
On days that the tour groups visit Machu
Pichu, it gets to be wall to wall tourists.
This line of people was literally marching up this path for an hour without any breaks in line.
We highly recommend Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday for a Machu Pichu visit, because those are
market days nearby, and the tour groups go to the markets.
This is the view of Machu Pichu from the
mountain towering above the site in the pictures above.
It's called Waynu Pichu. Kyle (and Piggie) hiked up her and got some nice pictures.
These are some of the steps up Waynu Pichu.
This baby Llama lives in Machu Pichu.
Some llamas like visiting the sights of Machu Pichu, too - as well as the tourists.
Near the city of Cusco, we saw this boy taking his Llama for a trot.
This Barber Shoppe Quartet was
performing near the site Sacsyhuaman (pronounced "Sexy-woman," and
I'm not making that up). The llama sings bass.
This is Sacsyhuaman. The walls are built all zig-zaggy like that for defensive purposes. .
The mountain fortress / city of Pisaq is
another popular Inca site.
The hike up to the city is almost as memorable ad the city itself.
The view from Pisaq. The terracing is for growing food near the cities.
The Incas left a number of cities with water works - baths, falls, etc. This one is called Tambo Machay.
After our time in Cusco, the Sacred
Valley, and Machu Pichu (which are all near each other) we went to the
extreme south of Peru to visit Lake Titicaca. On the lake, people build islands out of reeds (really!).
That's one on the islands in the foreground, and a boat build our of reeds in the background. The reeds
decompose in the water, so people just add more reeds to the top to keep the island in tact.