Machu Picchu is a place that I’ve seen on countless documentaries and thought I’d never get the chance to actually see first hand. Well, I did and, wow, did it exceed all expectations!
The Andes are a magnificent mountain range, they tower over you as you bump your way along in the mode of transport you’ve chosen. Shortness of breath is the first thing you notice, the smallest rise when walking becomes a chore you’re at around 3,000 meters above sea level!
Arriving by train in Aguas Calientes is an experience in itself again. You bounce along in a very modern scenic designed train, but the speed is limited to about 35 kph due to very narrow track layer out through valley.
The bus ride to Machu Picchu takes 30 minutes, it switch-backs all the way, and in two-way traffic of course! The roads in the Dolomites, by comparison, are a motorway. The bus drivers are brilliant and near misses with oncoming buses are constant, but surprisingly safe.
Interestingly you need to present your passport to enter Machu Picchu, even after you’ve bought your entry ticket with your passport. Regulations changed on July 1 to restrict visitor numbers and each tourist or group must be accompanied by a registered tour guide, however these are yet to be enforced! Manana!
I’m lost for words to describe the splendour of this ancient wonder, maybe some photos will help. To quote Phillipe they’re mostly “Postcards” and shots you have most likely seen before.
Travelling in South America is a new experience for me and requires a large amount of patience as nothing moves quickly. Having said that I would highly recommend the experience if the opportunity arises for you.
All the above shots were taken with a Nikon D4s and Zeiss Milvus Lenses, 21, 35 or 50. Some shots were taken in mid morning light and others mid afternoon.