The mist was still heavy and blurred most of our first glimpses of the lost city of Machu Picchu, but this photo gets close to showing just how amazing it all was.
I was just in awe and emotional on this part of the hike. It was all done and dusted, now we hung around near the actual entrance so we could all go in as a team and get the Guided Tour which was part of the itinerary on my booking.
I may have worked hard and saved for this trip, however it was only thanks to my parents that I lived this dream and saw with my very own eyes the myth that is Machu Picchu. They paid for this one as a Christmas present in 2010. It was all booked through the excellent Cuzco Explorer/Inca Point website: Inca Point . There was me on Christmas Morning aged 30 in the cold, misty mountains of Peru flying my well travelled Northern Ireland flag above the lost Inca City known as Machu Picchu, an English translation which means “Old Mountain.”
Of course nobody really knows what exactly happened here. How many people lived here, what life was like here, why people stopped living here, why it was left and possibly even more mysteriously why it wasn’t even discovered until 1911. Yes, I was there on the 99th anniversary of worldwide knowledge that this place actually exists. The mystery of Machu Picchu may remain forever but the beauty of it will never leave anyone who has been there…
Mirka dna Katie taking a quick break and enjoying the views before the final few steps down to Machu Picchu.
We didn’t have time for a group photo as our group was not altogether and those ahead of the pack like myself were waiting around, though other group captured the group shots here.
I grabbed another shot at Machu Picchu with the Northern Ireland flag at this elevated point.
The view of Machu Picchu while we waited on the others.
Close ups of the Inca Buildings at Machu Picchu. In a totally strange and ridiculous way they reminded me of Dunluce Castle in Northern Ireland.
Within 20 minutes the mission was accomplished and we were inside Machu Picchu itself.
A fitting place to be on Christmas Day.
From – Intipunku
To – Entrance to Machu Picchu
Distance Travelled – 2 kilometres
Distance From Machu Picchu – down the steps was the entrance, less than 200 metres away
Distance Travelled on Inca Trail so far – 48 kilometres
OH COME ALL YE FAITHFUL (JOYFUL AND TRIUMPHANT) on Christmas Day:
FINAL PART OF INCA TRAIL, “THE TRIUMPHANT DESCENT”:
STANDING ABOVE MACHU PICCHU:
JUST BEFORE ENTERING MACHU PICCHU: