Holiday Images
Machu Picchu & The Galapagos Islands - continued
Inca Rail's  Executive Class train completes the 24-mile trip alongside the Urubama River to Aguas Calientes in about 1˝-hours, passing the start of the Inca Trail on the way
From Aguas Calientes we take a 30-minute bus ride that initially descends slightly to cross the Urubama River, and then zigzags up a steep and very bumpy road to the entrance to the ancient site. The bus ride is followed by a fairly strenuous climb up a steep path to a terrace that reveals the classic overview of Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu (which means Old Mountain) lies before us. This most familiar icon of the Inca civilisation is an amazing sight, particularly as the view is enhanced by today's sunshine. Camilla relates how most archaeologists believe that Machu Picchu was built for the Inca emperor Pachacuti (1438-1472), and how it was 'discovered' by Hiram Bingham in 1911. She then leads us through the ruins of this amazing city
The Temple of the Sun
An example of the polished dry-stone walls used by the Incas
(left) a viscacha - a resident of Machu Picchu