I decided to do a print *loosely* based on all of the terraces that make Machu Picchu so memorable.
That morning, we had to get up before 3am to go sit in line at the beginning of the trail to the Sun Gate. After a couple hours of sitting, they officially opened the trail, and the great race began! Over 200 hikers (who we hadn’t really seen at all along the trail until the last night of camping) bolted for the Sun Gate. Just an hour-long hike and then we get to see Machu Picchu in the distance for the first time!
There she is! We got there shortly after the sun hit Machu Picchu, and boy what a beaut.
Another hour-long hike, and we arrived at Machu Picchu, and were camera-ready (good enough for getting up at 3am at least) for those classic cheesy shots!
I was a little excited, clearly.
It was wonderful seeing people from all around the globe coming to check out this crazy Incan ruin!
This little guy (can’t remember his name!) is apparently a permanent resident of the ruins, and is always here hanging out and tourist-gazing in his favorite spot.
After a while battling the crowds, we took a break and found a spot to sketch and, in Pat’s case, take a little nap.