Machu Picchu stands 2,430 m above sea-level, in the middle of a tropical mountain forest, in an extraordinarily beautiful setting. It was probably the most amazing urban creation of the Inca Empire at its height; its giant walls, terraces and ramps seem as if they have been cut naturally in the continuous rock escarpments. The natural setting, on the eastern slopes of the Andes, encompasses the upper Amazon basin with its rich diversity of flora and fauna.
It was a hard to climb. We had to stop a lot to rest. But the views were amazing at every stop. It took us one hour 20 minutes to get to the top. Felt like an accomplishment when I reached the top. Then - what a view! AMAZING! So glad we did it.
If you have the opportunity to do this do not miss out.
It's a steep and tough track to the top but it's so worth it. Be sure to wear good shoes and lots of sunscreen and don't carry much as you need both your hands for climbing.
You'll think it's tough but when you get to the top it will all be worth it.
"LA FORTALEZA DE SACSA HUAMAN"
This fortress formed the Puma’s head that made up the inner city of Cusco. It was an impressive construction that stood on the highest point of a steep-sided hill overlooking the city. The Inca’s engineering skills were tested in the building of this magnificent structure. Its zigzag walls were made of enormous stone blocks that weighed 90 to 120 tons each. Without the use of a mortar they were able to interlock the stones.
Walking around Cusco you will be able to see many Inca walls, where you can admire the skills they had, to build such walls with such perfection, and in fact without using any mortar. In most cases (unless the wall has been damaged due to an earthquake for example) you can't even fit a paper in between the stones, so you can get an idea of how perfectly they fit.
One of the most important examples of these skills can be found on the Calle Hatunrumiyoc, where you will find the walls of what used to be an Inca palace, and nowadays is the Archbishop's palace. There you will find the famous 12 angle stone, but you can also try to find the 13 and 14 angle stones, which are not as perfect, but also very interesting!
THE COLCA CANYON
I was so pleased that we went on a day,
tour to Colca Canyon. It is definitely something to not miss if you like the outdoors. The scenery on the way out to Chivay was beautiful. It was fantastic to be standing in snow at the high point of the drive (4,910 M).
MY SWEET DAUGHTER BELLE WITH HER NUSTA DRESS SHE IS 2 YEARS OLD IN THIS PICTURE.