Below our camp was the Puyupatamarca Ruins (City above the clouds). Alpaca were grazing there. Our hike would take us right by the ruins and the Alpaca.
Finally, the sun arrived.
This is one of my favorite photos, even with the sun glare, as it really shows what it was like in this extraordinary camp.
Breakfast at the top of the world. Even on our last morning we were served wonderful omlettes!
We had a thank-you ceremony with our porters and cooks after breakfast, because they would soon be leaving us.
From camp our hike to Machu Picchu was nearly all downhill. The guides said it was flat, but “Peruvian flat” isn’t exactly flat.
We made a stop at Winay Wayna, the largest ruins on our hike other than Machu Picchu. There was a very well developed water system, fountains and baths.
We finally arrived at Intipuncu, the Sun Gate, where we caught our first glimpse of Machu Picchu far below us, the Urubamba River and the small town of Aguas Calientes, where we would spend the night. The switchback road carries busloads of tourists up to and down from Machu Picchu.
Champagne to Celebrate! First sip goes to Mother Earth!
About halfway down the mountain, we came to the iconic Kodak moment. One picture says it all.