we made it to machu picchu

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Posted on July 15, 2012 by

michelle and jacob arrived in cuzco the day we got back from puno. we took the evening to regroup and catch up while they acclimated to the altitude. the next day we headed out for aguas calientes and then on to machu picchu from there. we took a train into aguas calientes which was a pretty fun experience. the views were spectacular and we got a peek of the inca trail on our way in. we had one night in aguas calientes, so we visited and the hot springs there and took advantage of the crazy happy hour deals to have a few more pisco sours. the next morning we headed up to the ruins on a bus to meet our guide. once again, i think you’ll enjoy the photos more than my account. so, here is our morning at machu picchu…

the dixons/eckerles waiting for our bus up to the ruins

lots of people, but it didn't take away from the experience too much. it was still incredible to be there.

here we are! the peak in the background is named huayna picchu. we climbed to the top that afternoon!

bob's dad and grandma had a great time touring the ruins too. we were really happy to get to share the experience with them.

i just really like this one. i'll stop posting pictures with the same background now.

beauty shot

the only way into the city was through this gate

we’re all trying to catch a little shade while we can. the direct sun was pretty intense there.

ok, i had to post this one too. it's not often you get the chance to capture a 16 year old wanting to pose with his mom. we love you guys and miss you already!

the walls of the city were impressive

the terraces were expansive (can you find bob's dad and grandma in the picture?)

 

after our tour of the main attractions of the ruins, michelle, jacob, matt, bob and i climbed up the north facing peak of the area called huayna picchu. they had an age limit and a maximum of 400 people per day who were allowed to summit it. so, we left mark and helen to tour the ruins some more and find some shade. and we headed straight up for about an hour. needless to say, it was a strenuous climb for most of us. i think jacob could have climbed it in half the time we did. but, he was nice enough to keep our pace. the views all the way up were amazing and it was awesome to get to climb high above the ruins and look down on them. it was definitely my favorite part of the day and i felt very accomplished when we reached the top.

-an idea of our climb. it was pretty much stairs all the way

our view of the ruins from the top of our climb. they look so small from that far above!

we're at the very top! the view to the other peaks and snow caps was unreal.

bob is happy to be hiking again

there were a few tricky descents. jacob is showing the way we all got down this one: hold onto the wall and don't let go.

taking a much needed lunch break near the top

 

after we descended waynapicchu we checked in with bob’s dad and grandma and took one more (less intense) hike up the southern side to the sun gate. it is the last part of the inca trail that leads straight down into machu picchu. we wanted to make sure we got every possible view of the place in our day there. who knows if or when any of us will be back there. we all agreed it would have been a pretty incredible way to get your first view of the site after four intense days of hiking. but, we were also pretty happy we didn’t choose that route so that we’d have time and energy to do a few other things.

sunset from the sun gate

 

i think it’s safe to say we got a very full experience of machu picchu. after years and years of wanting to go there i am so happy that i’ve experienced it. the heavy tourism really didn’t take away any of it’s magnificence. and i would still recommend it to anyone who is thinking about trying it. the hiking was our favorite part because it added even more to the views and gave us a very full day of exploring the area.

more of our week with michelle and jacob to come…

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I'm not your typical motorcycle adventure blogger. First, I'm a girl. Second, I'm a passenger on a v-strom 650 riding behind my boyfriend from Louisville, Kentucky through 13 countries to Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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