We validated our tickets and got a souvenir stamp onto our passport at the main entrance of Machu Picchu, then our guide Freddie led us into the site once again. We walked past the Terrace of the Ceremonial Rock and sat down at a terrace where Freddie gave us a talk about Machu Picchu. Then Freddie took us to the Temple of the Sun, where former Inca priests observed the sun, performed sacrifice rituals, and stored the royal mummies at the mausoleum.
Lastly, Freddie took us to the Main Temple and then Intiwatana Pyramid, a high point in Machu Picchu where the Incas studied and worshiped the stars. After some last words on the Inca astronomy, Freddie and his assistant Miguel left us to freely wander around the ruins on our own. They left for a restaurant at Aguas Calientes where the space was reserved for Peru Treks. All members of our group, including our friends, dispersed all over Machu Picchu. We decided to take a break at the entrance cafe before climbing up to the guardhouse once again to take a few more photos of Machu Picchu under the sun. At the lookout, there was a few funny looking llamas grazing the lawn. After a few minutes photographing the friendly llamas, we ventured further out for 15 minutes to see the Inca Bridge.
Back to the lookout, we saw another llama standing on a terrace behind a stone wall peeking at the passing tourists. We slowly walked back to the main entrance and hopped on a bus for Aguas Calientes, where our friends, Freddie and the entire group waited for us at the restaurant reserved for Peru Treks.
Main tourist entrance of Machu Picchu.
More tourists arrived as bus loads of people were transported from the train station at Aguas Calientes below Machu Picchu.
Terraces of the Ceremonial Rock and the surrounding mountains.
Tourist in Machu Picchu.
One of Freddie’s sessions explaining the history of the lost city.
Temple of the Sun was built upon a natural rock, with the mausoleum situated underneath.
Mummy vault (royal tomb) at Temple of the Sun
Doorway to Temple of the Sun.
Damage to the stonework of the Main Temple by occasional earthquakes.
The Intihuatana stone on the top of Intiwatana Pyramid.
Terraces on the side of Intiwatana Pyramid.
View towards the Terraces of the Ceremonial Rock.
Llama, Machu Picchu, Una Picchu and Huayna Picchu (mountains behind Machu Picchu).
Urubamba River down at the valley bottom.
The Inca Bridge and part of the original Inca Trail, 15 minutes walk from Machu Picchu.
Curious llama peeking out from the ruins.
Llama in the ruins.
One last classic overview of Machu Picchu before we left the site.
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AREQUIPA & COLCA CANYON
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10. Afternoon on Taquile Island, Titicaca, Peru
11. Morning on Taquile, Titicaca, Peru
12. Inka Express, Puno to Cusco, Peru
CUSCO & SACRED VALLEY
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14. Salinas de Maras, & Moray, Sacred Valley, Peru
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16. Saksaywaman, Cusco, Peru
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20. Winay Wayna to Machu Picchu, Inca Trail, Peru
21. Machu Piccu, Inca Trail, Peru
22. Machu Picchu in Black and White, Inca Trail, Peru
23. Afterthought, Inca Trail, Peru
LAST DAY IN CUSCO & LIMA
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25. Last Day in Peru, Lima, Peru