Machu Picchu

We woke up around 6 with the goal of meeting our guide and catching the bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu for 7am. We had tickets for the secondary hike Wayna Picchu at 10 am and wanted to make sure we had Hendrik’s guided tour before he had to leave. As usual Hendrik delivered, providing us history/insight and including a few of his own interpretations.

Machu Picchu classic shot

Machu Picchu classic shot, the mountain in the back is Wayna Picchu

The temple of the sun

The temple of the sun

The Incas used some big stones, Mel pointing just how big, while Henrik explained something else imprtant :)

The Incas used some big stones. Mel pointing out just how big, while Henrik explained something else important 🙂

Ceremonial Stone

Ceremonial Stone

This stone in the foreground is actually a map of the mountains behind, those Incas....

This stone in the foreground is actually a map of the mountains behind, those Incas....

Mel in a tomb

Mel in a tomb

Most guides will tell you that these were used to view the stars. They fail to take into account the roof that use to be above them. Our guide Hendrik thinks they were just used for cooking

Most guides will tell you that these were used to view the stars. They fail to take into account the roof that use to be above them. Our guide Hendrik thinks they were just used for cooking.

A lizard at the top of Wayna Picchu

A lizard at the top of Wayna Picchu

Machu Picchu from the top of Wayna Picchu

Machu Picchu from the top of Wayna Picchu, well worth the $10 US extra.

The Wayna Picchu hike exhausted us so after descending we headed back Aguas Calientes for some food and beer. That night we took a train ride and a sketchy mini-bus ride back to Cuzco where we had to say bye to Ann and Joel. A few days of recovering and we are off to Puno and Lake Titicaca!