Like most Inca cities, Machu Picchu is divided into 3 zones; an agriculture one, a religious one (where that picture has been taken) and finally a residential one.
August 14, 2017
When discovered in 1911, more than 60 percent of the site was still intact! Fun fact, the locals did know about those ruins but did not care at all. They were like "yeaaaah whatever."
In Machu Picchu, the people living there shaped the mountain to create different levels of fertile ground. Each level would grow different vegetables or fruits depending on the time of the year.
Here we go with a much better shot! In the background you can see the Huayna Picchu mountain where stands more Inca temples (which you cannot see in that picture).
And here is the typical tourist photo at Machu Picchu. It does not look that good as the sun did not rise yet and mostly because I'm dead tired after this 5 days trek. I also ran the way up there from the valley in only 42 minutes!!
Very few people know about that botanic garden with hidden waterfalls on the way to Aguas Calientes. Luck brought me there and it was beautiful!
August 13, 2017
This photo has been taken in the valley surrounding the Machu Picchu. To reach the next village, called Aguas Calientes, I had to walk more than 2 hours on a railroad while avoiding trains passing by...
We ran across this lady sewing scarfs in what she claimed to be real alpaca. Apparently what one buys at the market place in town is a mix of alpaca and normal wool.
August 12, 2017
Like a tiger! Even after a second night in a tent way up in the mountains I felt good! Just my legs were pretty sore from that hiking and running.
This is the view from the Salkantay trek at its highest point.
August 11, 2017