Family shot at the top of Wayna Picchu
The classic Machu Picchu shot with Wayna Picchu behind.
Baby alpaca and mom.
3:50 am. The line for Wynna Pichu is already 6 busses long.
The mountainous could forest of the Sacred Valley, Peru in an erie blue light of dawn.
Morning clouds make the ruins dramatic.
Lily looks a lot like the Alpaca.
Alpaca family that lives at Machu Picchu
THe beginning of the climb up Wayna Picchu
The top of the mountain is covered in mist. It's a 1500 foot climb.
The climb up Wayna Picchu is slippery and treacherous. It takes 90 minutes to get up.
Lily rests at the top and is in good spirits.
Emma, Lily and Dad take naps at the top as we wait for the clouds to break-up and show us the view.
Waiting at the edge for clouds to pass and show us Machu Picchu.
Sun peeks through.
Trish at the top!
2500 feet straight down to the Urubamba River
On top of the world.
The clouds never totally clear while we are at the top, but it was still stunningly beautiful.
The best shot of us with Machu Picchu
Sacred Valley behind Trish.
We begin to descend...
Nearly vertical stone stairs make going back down worse than going up.
We finally get a clear shot of Machu Picchu viewed from Wayna Picchu as we descend.
The terrrain is unreal. You have to see it to belive it.
The steep ascent up Wayna Picchu
The Urubamba river valley. Machu Picchu begins on the right with those terraces.
They keep an old fashioned daily log of the trekkers up Wayna Picchu. We were 71-74 of 400.
Lily and Emma bonded on the tough climb up Wayna Picchu
Wayna Picchu glows hauntingly in the background.
It rains on and off all day.
Alpacas inhabit Machu Picchu at the pinacle of the earth.
Wayna Picchu mysteriously shrounded in cloud behind Machu Picchu
The girls in a moment of sunshine.
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Machu Picchu and Wayna Picchu
Head shot, bam.
The girls keep telling us how amazing it is.
Trish held up perfectly on the long day.
Sun breaks out in full just as we leave.
The Urubamba river at the base of Machu Picchu is unraftable at this time of year.
Of course we spend some money at the souvenier market. Lily likes that.
We wait in the early morning fog for the sunrise view. (We should see the upper left from here)