We spent a day at Machu Picchu on Saturday. Quite incredible when I look at these photos to think how the weather changed at lunchtime with heavy rain as we finished our guided tour of the ruins. Some 2,000 tourists visit Machu Picchu daily on average nowadays we are told!
The view from the main gateway looking past the caretakers house (with the thatch) towards the mountain of Machu Picchu. Machu Picchu means old mountain in Quechua and is higher than the perhaps more famous Wayna Picchu ("Young Mountain") featured in the header photo.
Looking down to the Urubamba Valley from the ruins. Terraces in the foreground with the river "wrapping" around the mountains nowadays producing electricity for Cusco by the hydroelectricity plant in the valley.
Main quarry (no, not THAT quarry - don't get excited Bill!) where the granite was worked for building.
Right, that's got that out the way then ......