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Day 9 - Machu Picchu.
We got up at 5 to catch a bus to Machu Picchu at 630. For the first time in the trek, we did not need to carry our packs. As we got on the bus, we noticed that everyone else was sleepy whereas we had gotten used to waking up at 5 or 6 in ther morning. Machu Picchu is, as expected, spectacular. The only problem is the large numbers of people in the site. Fortunately, it was low season and it only started getting crowded around 1000. By the time it started getting crowded, we were heading up Huayna Picchu. I wanted to also hike to the Temple of the Moon but we ran out of time and had to return to Aguas Calientes to catch our train back to Cuzco.

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img_3689 Buildings in the residential sector. img_3648 Terraces near the entrance. img_3649 Representation of a condor. The head of the condor. img_3652 img_3653 The wings of the condor. img_3660 img_3666 Temple of the three windows in the far background. img_3668 img_3672 img_3673 img_3674 More terracing. The old railway station is on the top left. img_3680 Central plaza. img_3684 The sacred rock mirrors the mountains the background. img_3686 img_3690 The central plaza. img_3693 Prison group. img_3698 The Intihuatana. The top right portion of it was chipped during the filming of a Cuesquena beer commercial. img_3699 The hut of the caretaker of the funerary rock. The quarry is in the foreground. img_3702 Prison group. img_3705
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