Machu Picchu - Peru 2005
   
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A lot of things can be said about Machu Picchu, the lost city of the Incas. And I'm not going to elaborate on this well-known Wonder of the world site here. Only to show a few photos from this unmissable destination traveling inland Peru. We didn't walk the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu as it was fully booked, but rather took the train from Cusco to Aguas Calientes, and the local bus up the hill to Machu Picchu from there.

It was crowed when the full train off-loaded in Aguas Calientes, but luckily people dispersed in the ruin, and it did not feel too bad in terms of mass tourism.

Machu Picchu

     
 

Train from Cusco to Machu Picchu

Urubamba River Valley, toward Machu Picchu

 

Machu Picchu is a popular destination

The crowds

 

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

 

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

 

Machu Picchu ruins

Machu Picchu ruins

 

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

 

Machu Picchu

View from Machu Picchu

 

What's going on ?

Llama's were roaming the area

 

American Kestrel (Falco sparverius) on the hut of the Caretaker of the Funerary Rock

Maybe the Spiny Whorltail Iguana (Stenocercus crassicaudatus)

 

Machu Picchu agave

Machu Picchu cactus

 

I've been there

The NTNU team

 

The train from Cuzco arrives in Aguas Calientes

Aguas Calientes

     
     
 

Some birds seen at Machu Picchu (photo documentation):

 

Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle (Geranoaetus melanoleucus)

Rufous-collared Sparrow (Zonotrichia capensis)