Since I had spent two days here the last time I was fine with a quick revisit. This trip as I mentioned was really a trip to Ecuador and this was a pre-trip add on for us in order that Phil could see MP.
here are some of the photos from the last time I went followed by a few photos from the current visit- old photos are pre-digital so lack some of the clarity of the newer ones but since I had so much more time I have a lot more things as subjects- (this was a trip with travel buddy TB)
the Inca Trail pavement (such as it is) and the entrance into the site from the Trail that has come from Cuzco - a four day hike...
the view from the top- from the Guard House (or watchman's hut) and then looking up toward the Guard House-
Our guide showing the incredible Inca stone masonry-
local llamas head for the hills-
more views of the site-
TB sits in awe of the scale of the once vital city- and below that he and Pam overlook the Urubamba Valley-
TB and Tor - the souvenir shot...
a view of the switchbacks up the mountain side- with the river down below-
so on to the current visit- almost 15 years later- no kids running the race against the buses on the switchbacks- better road on the way up to the top... way more tourists and well- as you saw in the entry http://semifreelife.blogspot.com/2013/06/you-can-not-turn-back-time.html - a paved Aguas Calientes that has lost something along the way - once I considered this place the end of the earth- now it is the center of the universe (a rueful laugh) - time marches forward.... regardless of how we feel about it, things change... you can see from this photo why our guide didn't take us directly up to the Guard House - and the following one shows another location still crawling with people-
yet still the same magnificent setting- magically located on a mountain top overlooking the river valley -
with the mind boggling stone work -
and with some judicious photo editing through cropping - can be seen as a vast an relatively empty site (wishing reality away if just for a moment)
time waits for no one...