There are already several similar photographs of Machu Pichu on TE. I however do not hesitate a minute to add another of them.
As the final destination of the Inca Trail, this majestic site would deserve more. It should compete in my opinion, in term of number of photographs, with the Eiffel tower or the sun laying down itself.
After three days and half of often exhausting walk, in mountain, at an altitude varying between 2300 and 4200 meters, under the rain and the fog, having made the way as a autonomous (i.e. transporting with me all the material necessary to the excursion: bag-pack, tente, food, clothing, sleeping bag, rather than with an organized group which takes care of all), I believed to arrive dead of tiredness at the end of the path.
Machu Pichu, completely drowned in the fog in the morning, was discovered then little by little, some ruins in first, some street thereafter, then the city as a whole, then the mountain behind and finally the very whole valley.
The incredible beauty of the site nourishes in itself.
I found myself with my fellow travellers to run of an end to the other not to miss any angle, no crowned stone, no furnace bridge. We climbed the insane path which carries out to the top of the peak, traversed other paths with the cliffside, entered the caverns, all that without feeling another thing that the solid impression to be in one of the best moments of our life. And I am still convinced by it, four years later.
To those who think of it: go ahead!
Je me suis retrouvé avec mes compagnons de routes à courir d'un bout à l'autre pour ne manquer aucun angle, aucune pierre sacrée, aucun autel. Nous avons gravi le sentier fou qui mène au sommet du pic, parcouru d'autres sentiers au flanc de falaises, entré dans les caveaux, tout cela sans ressentir autre chose que l'impression solide d'être dans un des meilleurs moments de notre vie. Et j'en suis encore convaincu, quatre ans plus tard.
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strathconaman (311) 2004-03-23 23:26
Ah, the classic view of MP. It is for this reason that you have walked all this way. The bus ride would not do it justice. Thanks for sharing.
rabani (9645) 2004-03-24 2:19
I have this fascination with mountain trails and the people living in the highlands. Seeing Machu Pichu from your picture, and reading how you got there and what you did, is really an interesting and informative story. I hope this ruins and the mountain, would stay like this for years to come.
roconnell (327) 2004-03-24 2:49
There are great and varying color horizons in this wonderful composition of a fantastic site.
CVTJan (1244) 2004-03-24 2:52
Dear Frederic, very nice view, but compared to the other shots here so far, you unfortunately cut off too much from the sides. It could also use a little more sharpness and it is overexposed. But your pictures somehow really creates depth and I like the white cloud fog background :) Yours, Jan
iamxa (3071) 2004-03-24 3:01
When I was there, my life change. I will never be the same. I know you understand. Nice image.
Rhiannon (1728) 2004-03-24 3:07
This is a lace I have been dreaming about for years, I have to go there one day. Until then I will dream away by looking at theese beautiful pictures.
You picture is beautiful in colours, but after seeing some of the other pics I would have left more on the sides, and it is a little bit out of focus and overexposed.
But still, it is a powerful shot, with magnificant clouds and depth.
hdl (7005) 2004-03-24 7:53
Nice picture and you took it from the classic point with the rock behind. Just a pity that it is not very sharp.
dinaydase (651) 2004-03-29 14:25
When I saw the thumbnail at first, I though this is the Sugar Mountain in Brazil. They look similar but his has longer history. I like your notes and composition. Very nicely captured. Regards, Seda...
Kenny10pin (19301) 2004-03-30 8:32
Tres bien, very nice shot we have here, excellent details, shame about where the clouds were, but I like the foreground and the mountain, very very nice indeed.
- Copyright: Frederic Poulin (freddd) (435)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2000-03-08
- Categories: Architecture, Ruins
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Amérique du Sud
- Theme(s): World Heritage Sites Part VI [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2004-03-23 23:22