Machu Picchu... I'm sorry about the mountain of pictures in this post. Really words just can't do it justice... not that pictures are much better. Oh well, I'll give it a shot. Here we go, history lesson: Machu Picchu, the "Lost City of the Incas", is located about 8000 ft above sea level. This incredible city was built just over 500 years ago... around 1450 and abandoned 100 years later as a result of the Spanish Conquest. The city, in a word, is amazing. The architecture is incredible. Everything is dry stone... meaning they didn't use mortar, but fit the stones together in an incredible piece of craftsmanship. I know, it doesn't sound too impressive, but check out the size of the stones in one of my pics (stupid me, i didn't get a picture in front of the wall, so i'm using Rita to give you a size comparison).
I basically explored the city for the entire day. Around every corner, in every cranny...there was something spectacular. I have a ridiculously active imagination and really enjoyed imagining the people going about their daily lives 500 years ago. Some people go to Machu Picchu because they 'feel' the energy and power of the city and it's people/gods. I prefered to look out across the Andes and worhip my Lord for the incredible works of His hands... it's a beautiful world we live in for sure!
During the afternoon, i hiked up part of the Inca Trail to Wayna Picchu "young mountain" (Machu Picchu is 'old mountain'). You feel as if you're on top of the world in the city...and i climbed higher. I'm finally getting used to the altitude, so i could actually hike up the trail without stopping every five steps to catch my breath. I stopped every seven. :) haha, no, today wasn't as bad, seriously!
I really don't have words to describe the view from teh top, so I'm going to stop rambling and let you see for yourself. (and i have a million more pictures on facebook!)
I feel like i ought to be able to find some big bugs here... This little guy must be the baby. haha.