I had to visit Machu Picchu twice and even after that I have to say that I missed the mystical sense that other sites around the world have evoked. Probably it was the number of tourists at the site who raced to there to get early morning tickets to climb the treacherous terraces of Wayna Picchu. Or else it was the mincing tourists who so clearly came by bus in order to be able to say they had been there, and their ill-mannered children who took it upon themselves to chase the baby llamas. The result of the huge number of people who visited (and this was the low season) was a sense of seething humanity, instead of the peace I expected. The following are strategic photos taken between the hordes of humanity. To read my blogs about my visits click Here and Here.
Orchid near Machu Picchu. (2011) Photo (c) Karen Abrahamson
The traditional photo of Machu Picchu. (2011) Photo (c) Karen Abrahamson
The Guardhouse taken from among the noble quarters. (2011) Photo (c) Karen Abrahamson
The condor was a holy bird to the Inca. This rock formation provides the wings of the bird and the stone inside the fence on the ground is the bird’s beak. (2011) Photo (c) Karen Abrahamson.
A tree and clouds masks the treacherous heights of Wayna Picchu at Machu Picchu. (2011) Photo (c) Karen Abrahamson.
The fountains of Machu Picchu run through the area that once the living quarters. Each small water fall plays a different sound–or so legend says. (2011) Photo (c) Karen Abrahamson
Sun worshipper at Machu Picchu (far right) (2011) Photo (c) Karen Abrahamson