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The Obligatory Machu Picchu Panorama

Posted in Travel by Dennis Wright on April 16, 2013

It is now well over a year since my trip to South America and my good intentions, in terms of documenting it all on this blog, are well and truly in tatters. But what the hell, I’ll keep posting some of the more memorable images.

I’m not sure Machu Picchu was the exceptional highlight I thought it would be. Not because it wasn’t as wonderful as it’s cracked up to be; more because there were other experiences which rivalled it or matched it. Still, my abiding memory of that quintessential Inca legacy is the hour my wife and I spent sitting at our chosen vantage point looking down over Machu Picchu and just drinking in the vista. This is the view we had:


We didn’t have great weather or great lighting for photography. There was a lot of low* cloud and it rained most of the time. We only had two or three hours of dry weather, from around ten in the morning till lunchtime, on the two days we were there so no chance of a dramatic dawn or sunset. And there are so many pictures of Machu Picchu that it’s hard to come up with anything truly new. Having said that, I haven’t seen many (or any?) other pictures that show the whole topography of the place, right down to the Urubamba River below.

* relatively speaking, bearing in mind we were around 8,000 feet above sea level

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  2. Jean Alaba said, on April 16, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    I hope to be able to visit Machu Picchu someday – it’s in my bucket list.

    • Dennis Wright said, on April 16, 2013 at 12:44 pm

      Jean, do go … it is a must. If your budget will run to it try and stay at least one night at the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge which is right at the entrance to the historical site, as opposed to all the other hotels which are a thousand feet or so below at the town of Aguas Calientes which is on the Urubamba River. The Sanctuary Lodge is extremely pricey, but you can pick up offers on-line occasionally, which is what we did.

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