Adiós to Machu Picchu

Well, we’re finally ending our tour around Machu Picchu and soon I must say adiós to Machu Picchu - what a spectacular treasure hidden high up in the Andes! Having not arrived early enough to make the Huayna Picchu hike, in retrospect, I think it was perhaps something I would have liked to have done. Having seen photos taken from atop Huayna Picchu, it would have been an amazing experience and a view hard to match.  But we can’t return tomorrow as we still have a train ride and a drive ahead of us on this day as there is still so much more to see of Peru.
As one exits the area of the Temple of the Sun and heads towards the exit, a glance to the right reveals these amazing views of the incredible amount of rock and the realization of just how much labour must have been required. This still staggers my mind!Machu Picchu_MG_6590.jpg
Agricultural terracing to the left with housing to the right.Machu Picchu_MG_6592.jpg

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The Temple of the Condor is slightly hidden from sight just to the right of the people in this photo below.

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Another glance back as we head to the exit - what a memorable day this has been. Temple of the Condor in center of photo.Machu Picchu_MG_6595.jpg

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Facing forward and towards the east, we walk along the terraces (literally hundreds of terraces which extend to the depths and reach to the heights of this mountain). Ahead, along the path we will come to qolqas - the storage huts that would provide the Inca population with food and raw materials. Although I didn’t physically count the number of terraces next to these storage units, there are over 300 stepped terraces carved on the mountain! Like I’ve been saying, there is a lot of stacked or carved rock here! Machu Picchu_MG_6585.jpg Machu PIcchu_MG_6596.jpg
A glance back over my shoulder one last time - a gorgeous qolqas - Inca storage hut near the exit/entrance of this 1983 UNESCO World Heritage site.  This pre-Columbian 15th-century Inca site was declared “an absolute masterpiece of architecture and a unique testimony to the Inca civilization”. I would have to agree!Machu Picchu_MG_6387.jpg
A quick recap of where we were and what we saw.MachuPicchu MAP_MG_6495.jpg
And so with one final glance back, I say adiós to Machu Picchu.  Gracias. Ha sido un buen dia!Machu Picchu 00331.jpg

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