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February 1, 2015

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is probably the most famous of the Incan sites, and the place I was most excited to see after Rio. You can do a 4-day hike on the Inca Trail from Ollantaytambo, or just catch a 3 hour train to Aguas Calientes. We went for the train, because I know my limits and walking for four days is past that (lucky we did, because we couldn't even make it down the street with the altitude).

Aguas Calientes, where you catch the bus to Machu Picchu (or it's about a two hour hike).

Again we did a tour with a guide to start off with, who explained the significance of the various places around the site.

Still blowing my mind how this was built in the 15th century.

"Jenny can you take a photo of me from-"
"If you ask me to take one of those cliched photos of you from behind I will throw your phone off this ledge."
"... behind?"

A classic llama shot.

"Is that llama okay?"

We picked out a nice rock to sit on and watched the sunlight shifting over the city for ages. I still can't believe I've been there!

That was our last stop in South America. I've still got San Francisco and LA to talk about but I might hold off on those for a few weeks and get some more up to date posts I've been meaning to write up!


  1. I get goosebumps when I look at your photos! They bring back all these memories... of course I also opted for the bus to reach MP :) To be up there is just so magical; words cannot describe it. It would be great if I could return one day.

  2. Wow! Machu Picchu looks incredible. Hopefully I can go there one day!


  3. Machu Pichu is one of the places I want to visit before I die! And would definitely go for the bus as you.
    Lovely pics!

  4. It looks so amazing, I'd love to visit Machu Pichu. I think i'd opt for the train ride as well, haha.

  5. this is AWESOME! i've loved reading your south america posts-machu piccho is so cool, i'm very jealous. love that "cliche" picture of you sitting from behind :)

  6. Yay, these are awesome photos! Absolutely loved the one with the llama lying on the grass, haha. Can't wait to see the pictures from California :)

  7. Such beautiful photos! Really want to visit there one day.

    Lizzy from Nomad Notebook

  8. Awesome!

    The llama reminds me of our dog, who also loves to lay around on his back and wiggle about (so to speak :p)

  9. Oh myyyy, I've been waiting for this Machu Picchu pictures. The llama shot is absolutely fantastic haha. And the cliche shot from behind is absolutely awesome. I think if you can't take those kind of pictures there, were can you? ;)

  10. No matter how many pictures of Machu Picchu I see I'm always blown away, one of the top 5 places I really want to visit (the fact that llamas are my favourite animals might have played a part in my fascination for the place haha)

    Charlie xx

  11. HAHA I totally took a few of those cliched shots from behind.

  12. that last image looks so surreal for some reason, think it's cos you said you can't believe you were sitting right there. Of course, classic llama shot always!

    Buckets & Spades

  13. This place is absolutely breath taking, I have always wanted to go here. I hope the Llama was ok and that he was just snoozing!
    Amy x | A Little Boat Sailing

  14. This place is absolutely beautiful!! You did a great job of capturing its beauty, Jane!

  15. It seriously looks like one of the most amazing sites in the world. That Lama though.... hahahahaahaha

  16. -Internal sobbing as I scroll through these gorgeous photos ;-;- I WANT TO GO TO THERE.
    HAHAAH, I NEED ONE OF THOSE CLICHED PHOTOS FROM BEHIND OF MYSELF TOO THOUGH. And it always makes me lol when I see four legged animals laying down on their side. Saw a horse in Scotland laying like that too and thought it died in the 20-minute span I was away.

  17. beautiful beautiful beautiful! i can't believe there is a 4-day hike. that sounds hardcore! and that llama! how cute :) it's sunbathing :D

  18. The landscapes are so overwhelming! You captured the beauty of this place amazingly! :)

  19. I'm laughing about the lama shots haha :P
    I so really want to see Machu Picchu! This
    place has intrigued me since I was little.

  20. I am in awe! The Llama! Paradise! Everything about this is so great :D

  21. Extraordinarily clear pics with such palpable depth! I LOVE looking at your travel pics Jane. Thank you so much for sharing your adventures with us xx

  22. Haha what is that llama even doing?? These pics look great! It's amazing that they built that so high up!


  23. Okay. Hold up. Chilling llamas?! Oh my goodness, travel spot ENVY. Such culture, beauty with cute llamas. That is crazy about the 4 day hike! I applaud those who have the legs to do that. :)

  24. llama shot for the win! I can't imagine what it's like to be up that high with the clouds!

  25. ahh, it looks amazing there! i definitely need to get to south america one of these days, and i'm going to have to ask you for tips too when it's actually happening. also i know my limits too and four days of hiking is about five days beyond me. smart move getting the train.

    jessica -

  26. I'm so envioooooous!! Anyway, are llamas affectionate towards humans? Such cute creatures. So, did you chew coca leaves or what? :)

    1. Hm they weren't very, they'd walk away if you approached them! Didn't chew coca leaves haha but tried some coca candy to help with the altitude!


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