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... trying to find the best spot to view for the first time the famous Machu Picchu. Sadly when we arrived the town was shrouded in mist, invisible. So we moved on to another viewpoint and it was from here that we saw the mist clear and the famous Wayna Picchu mountain emerge. We continued walking as the town below the mountain came into view building by building until finally we were able to look upon one of the most famous views in the world. And it is exaclty as impressive as I ...
... a festival celebrating the 24 departments or regions of Peru. Within these departments are provinces. Within the provinces are districts. Each of the departments was represented in a parade with their traditional clothing and dancers were dancing the traditional dance of the region. It was very colourful and interesting. The locals were out enjoying the festivities. They strike me as very family oriented and happy.
... religious site, passing through local villages, using small inca trails, and discussing with archeology teams (via our guide/translator of course!) that were excavating old Inca water channels, houses and terasses, documenting and measuring everything.
There are still major archeology research going on in Peru. The habits of Incas to build in remote, inaccessible places and the lack of written history means there is much to discover still in Peru. Even major major sites ...
... the itinerary inside the ruins at peak hours, or do goofy things for their pictures.
2) The site is somewhat small (when you compare it to Petra or Angkor Wat for example) and the limit of 2000 people per day is quite high for such a small site. Between 10am and noon, when everybody is there and the site is full, having so many people is really unpleasant. If you go, do like we did and go hiking away from the crowds from10am to 2pm!
3) While Petra ...
... camp at Winay Wayna. If you fall here it's going to hurt. Andrew mentioned he watched an rescue team climb up this section with a stretcher, later that afternoon I noticed the stretcher in the camp below, they'd brought a young female to camp who'd injured herself during the descent.
Five minutes from the pass is an impressive Inca ruin named Phuyupatamarca, that means 'town in the clouds'. It is thought this place was used to cleanse pilgrims and worship ...