A Photo Blog of Machu Picchu & Around: Arequipa, Cusco & Sacred Valley

In Peru we visited Machu Picchu & the surrounding areas, including Arequipa, Cusco & the Sacred Valley. We found faces in the mountains, prehistoric TV sets & nirvana at an ancient ruins. We hope this photo blog provides a unique twist on this magnificent cultural magnet!

Plaza de Armas (Arequipa, Peru)

Plaza de Armas (Arequipa, Peru)

Joshua Overlooking Plaza de Armas (Arequipa, Peru)

Joshua Overlooking Plaza de Armas (Arequipa, Peru)

This picture is special because it’s the first picture we took with our new camera. We got our camera 2nd hand at a semi-black market in Lima. So from now on you should see a huge improvement in the image quality on our blog.
We found lots of restaurants and cafes around Plaza de Armas where one can enjoy sun and spectacular view. We took the advantage of those places.

Mirador (Arequipa, Peru)

Mirador (Arequipa, Peru)

View from Mirador (Arequipa, Peru)

View from Mirador (Arequipa, Peru)

This was a great view from the outskirts of Arequipa, with houses in the foreground and the sprawling mountain range in the background.
Using the roof as a place to dry clothes is typical of Peruvians.

Plaza de Armas (Cusco, Peru)

Plaza de Armas (Cusco, Peru)

Nightime from Terrace (Arequipa, Peru)

Nightime from Terrace (Arequipa, Peru)

We couldn’t take even a few stops in Cusco’s Plaza de Armas without being asked to buy something, eat somewhere, or purchase a tour. This is one of the most overpriced and touristy towns in Peru, but the main cathedral on the plaza is definitely worth visiting.
The Zig Zag Crêperie in Arequipa offered delicious crapes of all kinds, board games (chess in particular) and a view from the roof.

Find The Face! (Sacred Valley, Peru)

Find The Face! (Sacred Valley, Peru)

Narrow City Streets (Cusco, Peru)

Narrow City Streets (Cusco, Peru)

Vasilisa found this image while we were walking around the ruins at the sacred valley. Can you find the face in the mountains?

Vasilisa Meditating at The Ruins (Sacred Valley, Peru)

Vasilisa Meditating at The Ruins (Sacred Valley, Peru)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Joshua Watching Prehistoric TV (Sacred Valley, Peru)

Joshua Watching Prehistoric TV (Sacred Valley, Peru)

The ruins are amazing. Every rock slab (and there are some huge slabs up to a few tons) was brought by hand from the rock quarry over a mile away. Pondering this idea, Vasilisa just may have reached Nirvana –at least that’s what it looks like!
Nothing attracted as much of Joshua’s attention as one particular rock that looked like Prehistoric TV. He made himself comfortable to enjoy the show.

Postcard View (Machu Picchu, Peru)

Postcard View (Machu Picchu, Peru)

 
 
 

Central Plaza & Huayna Picchu (Machu Picchu, Peru)

Central Plaza & Huayna Picchu (Machu Picchu, Peru)

The weather at Machu Picchu was perfect –sparsely scattered clouds, perfect visibility, and low human traffic (at least for Machu Picchu). I set out to take the ideal postcard shot, and I think I may have got it. Let me know what you think…
Machu Picchu is amazing place. Older than 500 years located at 2,430 meters (7,970 ft) above sea level open to winds and rain it survived almost everything. It is incredible and impressive site.

Daisy Wall (Machu Picchu, Peru)

Daisy Wall (Machu Picchu, Peru)

 
 
 

Walkways (Machu Picchu, Peru)

Walkways (Machu Picchu, Peru)

I love the texture in the stone work at Machu Picchu. And the daisy at the top is a real survivor.
Machu Picchu is also huge. St you can spend hours wondering around its streets and building. You can get lost there easily and get thousands of pictures.

Reflection (Machu Picchu, Peru)

Reflection (Machu Picchu, Peru)

Joshua Sunbathing at The Summit of Huayna Picchu (Machu Picchu, Peru)

Joshua Sunbathing at The Summit of Huayna Picchu (Machu Picchu, Peru)

In building Machu Picchu, nothing was left to chance. Many of the formations throughout the ruins model the surrounding hills and mountain ranges. Apparently scientists have classified Machu Picchu as the most complicated ancient ruins in the world –even more so than the pyramids in Egypt (at least that’s what our guide said).
What could be better that Sunbathing? Especially after climbing up for 1 hour! This is the opportunity you get at the summit of Huanya Picchu if you are lucky to get in. As there only 400 people is allowed to hike it daily (the entrance ticket you have to get early in the morning 5-7am). We were lucky as we took a personal guide, who somehow signed us in.

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  1. Tatiana says —

    oh.
    soo cool.
    Want to see this amazing machu picchu by myself.
    Wish you a good trip and etc)

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