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February 19

Machu Picchu finally!

Well, we finally made it to Machu Picchu. We got the bus and made the train connection in Ollantaytambo. Very nice train and beautiful scenery to travel thru. The train follows the river valley into the mountains (hence the worry about the rising river) and the river is wild. The water is rushing in every direction at once it seems - very big rocks and lots of water. When we finally arrived at MP and linked up with Darwin, our guide, we were very impressed. It truly is a wonder, the engineering would be a marvel today, let alone 5 or 600 years ago! It is definitely the most amazing ruins we have ever seen. The photos just can't do justice to it, it is so large you cannot capture it all. Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

Don's so happy to have made it.

Don's so happy to have made it.

The Spanish never knew it was there so they didn't have a chance to try to destroy it and build a Catholic church on the site the way they did with so many other sites. It is 80% the way it was when the Incas lived there. After our tour, Don had to climb to the highest point of the ruins (if it is there to be climbed, climb it!), but I sat on a rock and waited for him. Unfortunately, for most of our time there it rained off and on, so by the time we left we were quite damp, umbrella and raincoats not withstanding. We got some food and took it on the train for supper and did the whole trip back in reverse. I think we slept most of the bus trip and came home to pack up to leave tomorrow. We have so many photos, it is really hard to pick ones to show you.Kathy waiting for Don to climb the mountain

Kathy waiting for Don to climb the mountain

Posted by katdill 17:07 Archived in Peru

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Great blog! I am off to South America leaving from New Zealand on Sunday and nervous about all the flooding. I arrive in Santiago and bus through the border of Peru to Cusco where I will be staying there a few weeks before heading off to the jungle. What is the flooding like in Cusco? Did it affect your time there?

by Jess

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