April 28th, 2017 – Machu Picchu – Peru

This morning we took a bus to a train to a bus to get to Machu Picchu (good thing Don took his Dramamine).  We had beautiful weather, some sun and about 68 degrees.  Most archaeologists believe that Machu Picchu was built as an estate for the Inca emperor Pachacuti. It is the most familiar icon of the Inca civilization.  The Incas built the estate around 1450 but abandoned it a century later about the time of the Spanish Conquest.   Although known locally, it was not known to the Spanish during the colonial period and remained unknown to the outside world until American historian Hiram Bingham brought it to international attention in 1911.

Machu Picchu is in such a beautiful location it is easy to see why the Incas built it here.  After we went on a morning tour with our group and then had a late lunch, we took the hike up to the Sun Gate.  Unfortunately we did not get to go the whole way since we got such a late start (the Sun Gate closes earlier than the rest of the property).  We made it almost the whole way though and got some great views from the trail.  It was a very steep trail, going up 1,000 feet in elevation in about a mile (13th picture shows how steep the trail is).  The trail is also the last part of the Inca Trail, so we have officially hiked part of the Inca Trail.











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7 thoughts on “April 28th, 2017 – Machu Picchu – Peru

  1. Tom Johnson


  2. Barbara


    Great pictures. Jim is enjoying going down memory lane (again).

    You two must really be in great shape to tackle that hike.

    Again, enjoy the rest of your trip.


  3. Judy

    I’m speechless…. I’ll say beautiful, beautiful and beautiful!

  4. Joan Davoli

    Hi Leslie and Don,

    I was in Peru in 2010. There was a flood in the railroad and villages. My friend and I had to almost cancel our trip. Luckily we didn’t have to. We did the whole thing with private tour guides. Isn’t MP spectacular. If you’re daring you can hike Huana Picchu but it’s very steep and can be slippery. You get the same view from the Sun Gate. If you’re back in Cuzco try and see the Monaserio Hotel originally a building built by the Incas. Then it. Ecame amonastary with the Spanish. It’s gorgeous there and considered one of the top hotels in the world. Lunch would be nice there. Glad you’re enjoying yourselves.

  5. Susan

    Simply amazing. On my bucket list but fear of heights may keep me from accomplishing that goal. Lol

  6. Nicole Tawadros

    waouw, waouw and waouw …….

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