Machu Picchu, Continuued

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Taking some time to write in my secret garden.
Machu Picchu, Secret Garden, 9am(?)

Here I am again.  I suppose I ought to catch up my journal, but I'll start by listing that I'm alone here, above the guard house in a little garden.  A thorn and moss tree next to a stone that I'm sitting on makes for an eerie mood despite the sunshine. 

Even though there are lots of voices from the guard house below, it feels quiet and focused here. 

A girl came and sat right near me, which is a bit odd, but she is quiet and doing her own thing.  I always wonder why people congregate when there is so much space.

I'm getting a few bug bites but oh well.  I forgot to bring bug spray. 

There is something magical here.  Trying to snap a few photos before all the tour groups get worse.
A tourist ponders near a ceremonial rock.
 

I've gotten so protective of my little garden here, even though i've only been here for a half hour!  I do appreciate my space.  Maybe I'll try a lower, more open area.  I wonder what this rock is here for?

Machu Picchu, Terraces, 10:30am(?)

I moved to a different spot but two tour groups showed up here. 
I took a few self portraits and took off my shoes and socks for awhile to roam with bare feet.  The views are just spectacular, and it is nice to have some breathing room. 

The views of the Gate of the Sun, as well as the perspectives toward Machu Picchu, are fresh and interesting.

Machu Picchu Hostal Balcony, 1:30pm

Just returned from my second Machu Picchu Adventure.
Room of 3 Windows
  I downed a whole powerade and water bottle--dehydration!! 

I found some nice quiet moments, but trying to visit the pyramid observatory area was difficult since I was going in the reverse direction of the tourists--which by that time were very numerous. 

After I spent time in the upper terraces above the guard house, I went to the lower areas.  These areas were fairly sparsely populated, which was nice!  More self portraits. 

I got lost several times trying to find my way around, only to hit another dead end.  It was a maze!  This area was not in as good of shape as some other areas, but fewer people and the maze aspect made it really fun.

A few highlights were a large slanted rock that looked like a slide, and slabs of rock placed in the wall that didn't seem to fit at all!

Eventually I made my way over toward the pyramid with the 'observatory' on it.
  I had to take a break on my way up to let all the tourists come down, since I was going the wrong way.  Every time I thought there was a break in traffic, another group would head down.

Once up there, I had no shots of the ceremonial stone without people in the shot.  The symmetry of the rock shape to Huayna Picchu was intriguing. 

The other ceremonial rock near the guard house also had similar shape to the backing mountains, so I wonder what the significance was?  Still need to do some reading.

Making my way down was not quite as difficult as my way up, but still arguably annoying.  Most of Machu Picchu is open enough that if people are in the way, you can make a different path, but not up and down the pyramid.

Getting somewhat tired, I realized it was probably time to get moving anyhow, since I needed to catch a bus down here to catch the train on time.  Much enjoyed solo time today.



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Taking some time to write in my se…
Taking some time to write in my s…
A tourist ponders near a ceremonia…
A tourist ponders near a ceremoni…
Room of 3 Windows
Room of 3 Windows
Guard house with Huayna Picchu in …
Guard house with Huayna Picchu in…
Main Gate into Machu Picchu.
Main Gate into Machu Picchu.
Ceremonial rock atop the observato…
Ceremonial rock atop the observat…
Intipunku, the gate of the sun.
Intipunku, the gate of the sun.
View from Machu Picchu toward Inti…
View from Machu Picchu toward Int…
Windows
Windows
Me!
Me!
Goofy self portraits.
Goofy self portraits.
Me again.
Me again.
Ceremonial rock atop the observato…
Ceremonial rock atop the observat…
Room of 3 Windows.
Room of 3 Windows.
View from the observatory pyramid.
View from the observatory pyramid.
Me @ Machu Picchu!
Me @ Machu Picchu!
Part of the water system.
Part of the water system.
Cubby holes?
Cubby holes?
Room of 3 Windows.
Room of 3 Windows.
I waited so long for this shot, an…
I waited so long for this shot, a…
Room of 3 Windows
Room of 3 Windows
Sliding Rock!
Sliding Rock!
A lesser known 3 window room...
A lesser known 3 window room...
Waterway, with nifty rock patterns.
Waterway, with nifty rock patterns.
Guard House...with guards?
Guard House...with guards?
A scaly friend.
A scaly friend.
Nature takes over...
Nature takes over...
More nature...
More nature...
Water systems
Water systems
Water systems
Water systems
Nice view!
Nice view!
Guard House crowds
Guard House crowds
Fun edits
Fun edits
More solitude.
More solitude.
Machu Picchu
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