Machu Picchu is one of the most visited places in the world. It’s history and lore draw travelers from around the globe, young and old. It is certainly one huge pile of well-organized rocks on the top of a mountain that just so happens to have one heck of a history lesson to teach you too. A story we learned bits and pieces of while standing close enough to hear the English-speaking tour guides, but far enough away to not pay. Don’t judge us. 🙂
Our visit to the village of Machu Picchu was two nights, one and half days. During our stay we wandered the cobble stone streets of the village, hiked Waynapicchu and toured the ruins themselves.
We snapped around 2,000 photos in the span of those 48 hours. Every turn had something new. Steep mountain cliffs, the rushing Urubamba River, and rocks. Lots and lots of rocks. Pebbles, stones, boulders. You name it, we saw it. They are easily the most interesting rocks I have ever seen. But, when you think about moving and building with such big rocks before the days of tractors and cranes, one quickly realizes that these are no ordinary rocks at the top of a mountain!
I sifted through our 2,000 photos of Machu Picchu to bring you some of our favorites from our day exploring Machu Picchu.
I hope you don’t think this post is a cop-out because there is not much text. Historians analyze Machu Picchu to death. There is enough history, theory and folklore about the place to fill up an entire blog. Oh right – those sites already exist!
So, here is a wordless tour of Machu Picchu – the most interesting rocks in the world. That is, until we see the Pyramids, and then Machu Picchu might fall on this short list. Maybe?
I told you it was just a bunch of rocks!