Machu Picchu in the Rainy Season

Machu Picchu in the rainy season

Machu Picchu in January

Machu Picchu is a well known and all-too-well traveled Inca destination high above the Urubamba River Valley in Peru.  During the 90 minute train ride from our base in Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes at the base of Machu Picchu, the Urubamba River was in view most of the time.  It is the most turbulent, violent river with non-stop rapids I ever have seen.  So this deep valley is still being carved out by nature at a steady pace. Continue reading

Along the Road to Machu Picchu, Peru

Traditional Peruvian lady in Chinchero, Peru

Traditional Peruvian lady in Chinchero, Peru

Many who travel to Machu Picchu are doing so as a bucket list item.  They rush to Machu Picchu and see little else along the way after landing in Cusco, Peru.  We were simply visiting to help fill the three-week void we had between one cruise terminating near Valparaiso, Chile and the next cruise departing from Lima, Peru.  It was the less desirable rainy season.  Like the Leaning Tower of Pisa or the Louvre Museum, if you are in the area of world-renowned sites, they are must-see attractions.  Machu Picchu is one of them. Continue reading