Photo Friday: Machu Picchu

Its one of the seven wonders of the modern world and a must see on any trip to Peru.  Whether you arrive after a three or four day trek on one of many routes (the most famous being the Inca Trail of course) or you opt for a single day trip, Machu Picchu is not to be missed.

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Uncovered in 1911 by American explorer Hiram Bingham, Machu Picchu is a treasure trove of architectural wonders, amazing views and a few critters too (not including the hundreds of tourists scurrying around).

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This is Intihuatana. An astronomer’s tool used for predicting the solstices, this impressive piece of stone masonry is carved from a single giant rock.

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The temple of the three windows sits in the sacred plaza. Named for obvious reasons the windows afford amazing views of the mountain landscape.

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The Inca bridge. A ten minute walk along narrow mountain paths lead you to this simple and slightly scary bridge.

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No trip to Machu Picchu would be complete without the post card shot. What an amazing view!

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Meet one of Machu Picchu’s most recent residents; the llamas have only been here for 10 years.

There are many more awesome sights such as the temple of the sun, Intipuncu (the sun gate) and the Roca sagrada. Without doubt Machu Picchu should be on your bucket list!

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