At last we made it to Machu Picchu and it was a glorious day!
Maria gives our group an overview of the place we are about to visit.
Here we are entering the gate to the city.
This building is the Temple of the Sun.
This room is beneath the Temple of the Sun. Note the exact fit of the building blocks in the wall and how the steps in the center have all been carved out of a single, enormous rock.
Here's a chinchilla that lives in the tumbled-down rock piles within the ruins of the city.
Here's where I started my climb to the top of Huayna Picchu. The stair-stepped trail can be seen across the valley.
After a strenuous climb, I made it to the top of Huayna Picchu. Machu Picchu is behind me and far below.
From the top of Huayna Picchu, one can take in the whole view, from the Urubamba River in its deep canyon on the left, up the bus road to the concessions and ticket building, and into the Machu Picchu ruins.
It is said that Machu Picchu was built in the shape of a condor. Can you see the condor in this view from the top of Huayna Picchu? If not, go to the next picture.
If the previous picture is flipped vertically, the condor shape of Machu Picchu becomes more evident. Its head is on the lower right; a skinny neck is connected to a small body on the lower left; and the remainder of the city makes up the enormous wings.
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