Machu Picchu

I had the amazing opportunity attend Georgia Tech for the Executive Master of International Logistics  (EMIL) program.  I took hundreds of photos of all the amazing places we visited (literally – all over the world!), but I haven’t really taken the time to go through and sort them all out yet.  So, here’s the first installment of photos from my travels – these are all from Machu Picchu, Peru in September 2011.

We flew into Lima, then on to Cusco as the stopping point for preparing for the arduous trip to Machu Picchu.  Cusco was AMAZING – it was a city filled with culture and heritage and it was truly one of the highlights of our trip.  The hotels were amazing and there were lots of great food and shopping options as well.  The elevation adjustment was immense – from 512 feet above sea level in Lima to 11,000 feet above in Cusco -  and I unfortunately underestimated how hard it would be.  We checked into the hotel late afternoon, then spent the evening shopping and out for dinner.  However, as dinner approached, I started feeling pretty bad.  Horrible headache and stomach ache.  I had a few cups of the coca tea that everyone recommends, but I later learned that the first day in such elevation you are supposed to avoid significant activity.  Trekking along the streets of Cusco apparently qualifies as significant activity.  So needless to say, I had a horrible night in my (albeit very nice) hotel room.  Luckily – I woke up feeling better the next day!  Machu Picchu is actually lower in elevation than Cusco, which sits at approx 8,000 feet above sea level.  We woke up early in the morning to take an hour long bus ride, to then get a 2-3 hour train ride, that led to another bus ride (a ridiculously scary bus ride up a steep incline to the base of Machu Picchu!).  THEN we got to hike up to the actual site itself.  The photo on the left is an image taken in the city of Cusco, right outside our hotel.  the shot in the right is looking down into the valley from Machu Picchu.

Here you can see the first glimpse of what the city of Mach Picchu looked like.  And on the right is a native llama (or alpaca, I’m not sure)…they were walking around grazing, paying no mind to the tourists!

 This is my favorite shot…the backdrop of the city is the face of a warrior – the tall peak is his nose, the peak on the left is his chin and his forehead extends off the image to the right.

It was incredible to walk around the ruins of this once magnificent city.  Definitely one of the highlights of our amazing travels as part of the EMIL program!

This is the village at the base of the mountain to Machu Picchu (where the train stopped).  I loved this shot of the sun setting over the rooftops.

And my favorite sight of all – two happy kids.  Wearing all the stuff I picked up while shopping in Cusco!

Jenny - November 13, 2012 - 8:36 pm

Wow! So gorgeous! I’ve always wanted to go to Machu Picchu and you certainly made me want to go even more. What an amazing opportunity you had and you captured everything so beautifully. Love the last shot of happy kids!

heidi - November 15, 2012 - 1:34 am

Oh gosh!!!! These are all so stunning!!! :) Of course, my fave is the kids-gorgeous light and adorableness there. :)

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