Machu Picchu
The journey to Machu Picchu on a narrow gauge train was an experience in itself. The town below Machu Picchu, Aqua Calienta is built into the cliffs. Lots of people were at Machu Picchu and it was an awesome spectacle and we can only wonder how the workers constructed this city in such a remote area. Only discovered by Hiram Bingham in 1911.
We started our train ride at Ollantaytambo  We were seated in the front seats
We started our train ride at Ollantaytambo We were seated in the front seats

We started our train ride at Ollantaytambo We were seated in the front seats
The narrow gauge train follows the Urabamba river gorge
The narrow gauge train follows the Urabamba river gorge

The narrow gauge train follows the Urabamba river gorge
One of many tunnels along the way
One of many tunnels along the way

One of many tunnels along the way
High above along the way were more Inca ruins
High above along the way were more Inca ruins

High above along the way were more Inca ruins
Our first view of Machu Picchu from the bus that carried us to the top 2,000 feet above the river
Our first view of Machu Picchu from the bus that carried us to the top 2,000 feet above the river

Our first view of Machu Picchu from the bus that carried us to the top 2,000 feet above the river
The obligatory couple at Machu Picchu picture
The obligatory couple at Machu Picchu picture

The obligatory couple at Machu Picchu picture
Carole overlooking the farming terraces that supported the 500 people who lived here
Carole overlooking the farming terraces that supported the 500 people who lived here

Carole overlooking the farming terraces that supported the 500 people who lived here
Some of the fine stone work
Some of the fine stone work

Some of the fine stone work
The Urabamba river far below
The Urabamba river far below

The Urabamba river far below
Carole showing how the Incas built Machu Picchu in harmony with the natural rock formations
Carole showing how the Incas built Machu Picchu in harmony with the natural rock formations

Carole showing how the Incas built Machu Picchu in harmony with the natural rock formations
Our excellent private guide next to a sacred stone
Our excellent private guide next to a sacred stone

Our excellent private guide next to a sacred stone
Carole on the edge of a cliff
Carole on the edge of a cliff

Carole on the edge of a cliff
Farming terraces with Huana Picchu in the background
Farming terraces with Huana Picchu in the background

Farming terraces with Huana Picchu in the background
Huana Picchu has temples way at the top Probably would be more popular if it was not a vertical climb of several thousand feet
Huana Picchu has temples way at the top Probably would be more popular if it was not a vertical climb of several thousand feet

Huana Picchu has temples way at the top Probably would be more popular if it was not a vertical climb of several thousand feet
The cermonial town center and agricultural terraces
The cermonial town center and agricultural terraces

The cermonial town center and agricultural terraces
A spring high above Machu Picchu brought water to the city for drinking and sanitation
A spring high above Machu Picchu brought water to the city for drinking and sanitation

A spring high above Machu Picchu brought water to the city for drinking and sanitation
Channels both above and below ground were cut to bring the water in to entire area  Water still flows through the channels
Channels both above and below ground were cut to bring the water in to entire area Water still flows through the channels

Channels both above and below ground were cut to bring the water in to entire area Water still flows through the channels
Roofs were made of thatch
Roofs were made of thatch

Roofs were made of thatch
With water, sun and rain the community was self sufficient
With water, sun and rain the community was self sufficient

With water, sun and rain the community was self sufficient