123 - 10th April 2006 - Maccu Piccu - Day 2


The two little notches in the middle of the V are the Sun Gate - Where the Inca Trail should have brought us


Morning mist rising over Maccu Piccu


Maccu Piccu - Day 2


The mist began to clear and gave us a very clear morning


The sun begins to rise


The sun rising over the Andes


Pepe showing us the incredible architectural work of the Incas - They combined their stonework directly into the mountain


Sun striking the terraces


The tree is only about 30 years old - Wayna Piccu in the background being lit by the sunrise


The Sun Temple - There are two windows - One aligned with the Summer Solstice - One with the Winter Solstice


The back of the temple - Hiram Bingham, rediscoverer of Maccu Piccu, called it the most perfect wall in the whole of the Americas


A clear morning at Maccu Piccu - Photographs give no sense of the size of the site - It is huge


The shadow of the mountains


Sunrise through the only tree on Maccu Piccu


The temple of the three windows


The sundial - The only Incan sundial in one piece - The spanish destroyed all the others but never found Maccu Piccu


In the V directly in front is the Sun Gate where the sun rises at the beginning of Summer


These rabbit like creatures were standing on the hillside


Known as the windy place - This building stays cool even in incredibly hot sun


Pip, Stephen, Chris, Sarah, Bhanu, Richard, Sarah, Kim and Catherine at Maccu Piccu


Maccu Piccu with Wayna Piccu


Sacrificial Altar pointed at another V in the mountain where the sun rises at the beginning of Winter


We walked back up the Inca Trail towards the Sun Gate - There were several other temples on the way - This one possibly in the shape of a snakes head?


The view from one of the temples - The famous view from near the Sun Gate


But we couldn't get any further - Apparently a mud slide is regarded as Conservation in Peru


This is the mud slide that blocked the way - You can see the trail near the top of the picture


Maccu Piccu


Yet another altar


One of the local residents


Another temple - This one a puma perhaps?


Maccu Piccu


More local wildlife


Pip at the gate of Maccu Piccu


Llama in the temple


Llama above one of the sacred temples


The foundations of many of the buildings were not strong enough - You can see on the right that the temple is sinking


Llama and the andes


Looking up at the temple of the three windows


Another altar aligned with the solstice - The three steps represented the Underworld, Earth and Sky


More Llamas


Yet another altar - The Incas thought that sacrificing animals would entice the sun back to the sun gate to begin summer again


Llama wandering around the steps


Back in the town - Statue of Pachacuteq - The Ninth and greatest Inca


The Urubamba river is probably the roughest river I have ever seen


Arriving back at Cusco


Preparations for the parade beginning


No matter where you go in the world you'll always find a VW Beetle


The famous 12 angle rock - Possibly the most complex piece of architecture the Incas performed - There is no mortar between the stones


A window in Cusco


Back to the start of the day on the other camera - Sunrise


The landslide in full - It will probably be another two months before anyone can complete the Inca Trail again


Chris at Maccu Piccu


Sunrise


Incredible building skills - Directly integrated with the mountain


Wayna Piccu lit by the Sunrise


Sun striking the terraces


Wayna Piccu peeking out from behind the Sun Temple


Chris and Wayna Piccu


The Andes


Sun rising above Maccu Piccu


The Sundial also acted as a compass - The four corners align with the four cardinal points


The plaza


Mising rising through Maccu Piccu


The Incans constructed their buildings using trapeziums - They never invented the arch


Al and Yvette at Maccu Piccu


Maccu Piccu


As far as we could get up the Inca Trail - The last temple


Another altar


Halfway to the Sun Gate


Chris in the Andes


Maccu Piccu as seen from the ruins


The Andes


Chris and Maccu PIccu


Pip and Chris and Maccu Piccu


Maccu Piccu


Chris and Maccu Piccu


The Watchmans House


Looking out from the windy place near the Sun Temple - Cool even in hot sun


Fountain at the Sun temple - This is the third of sixteen - The first two are roped off inside the sun temple


More incredible stonework - Carved straight out of the mountain


The switchback road that leads down to Maccu Piccu town