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Conquering one of the wonders of the world!

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A picture speaks a thousand words, so today I thought we should start with the world famous photo of Machu Picchu. It lived up to all of our expectations.

Some of the group had a sneak peek of Machu Picchu yesterday after hiking the 10 km. last leg of the Inca Trail. It started at Km. 110 and finished with a spectacular view from the SunGate. The hike took about 6 hours and then time to enjoy in the quiet of the late afternoon, sans tourists. There were a few tired and achy muscles but it seems the trip was worth it for everyone.

We were up early this morning, expecting to spend some time waiting for the clouds to clear before taking our photos. The surprise was that the weather was perfect, a bit cool but blue sky all around. We were prepared for cold weather but soon had to start peeling the layers off. The end result was some sunburn and bug bites.

It is hard to describe Machu Picchu. To those of you who have been there you know what we are taking about. The Inca civilization was built over a one hundred year period by about about 1000 Incas. This is even more remarkable when you think that they had no technology, no engineering and primitive tools.

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It has been a really long day so we will add to this tomorrow. We are all safely in Cusco,tucked in for the night. Thanks for reading ur blog.

Posted by jonaway 20:40 Archived in Peru

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