Most visitors to Peru see Machu Picchu, which is perched on a narrow saddle of rock high above a hairpin curve of the Urubamba [river]. The granite sugarloaf of Huayna Pichu towers above the ruin, and the surrounding forested hillsides are often gripped by shrouds of low clammy cloud. Such scenery makes Machu Picchu one of the world’s most eerily beautiful ruins.
I took these pictures on Christmas day, 2009. It was gloomy, rainy day, but this only enhanced the beauty of the place. Machu Picchu well and truly lives up to its hype. The animal in the first picture is a drenched llama. The fifth picture is of a turbulent Urubamba river, which is part of the Amazon system. The last shows the hairpin curve of the Urubamba observed from the perch of Machu Picchu. At the base of the mountain is the train station where visitors disembark. The final part of the journey is by bus, which switchbacks its way through the forested hillside before reaching the ruins.