Machu Picchu – May 16, 2010 (Birthday on the mountain!)

Well I wrote quite a few notes about MP in a post below, so I´m going to keep this one to mostly pictures.

Sunrise, 5:30am, on my way up to MP.


Machu Picchu - May 16, 2010 (Birthday on the mountain!)

New friends, Nick and Nicki (from London), whom I spent most of the day with.  We´re on our way up Waynapicchu in this picture (300 meters above MP), and some random lady was handing out these awesome paper visors.   Nick is a photographer, also, so Nicki had double the waiting for us to finish shooting.  Only 400 people are allowed to climb Waynapicchu each day, and what amazing views it gave of the ruins.

Machu Picchu - May 16, 2010 (Birthday on the mountain!)

After getting a tip from my tour guide, I had my heart set on climbing Machu Picchu Mountian, the big one that most people don´t climb.  On the day we were there, only about 40 other people that came to MP even attempted this one. The small looking mountain you can see close to the ruins was Waynapicchu, which we had climbed earlier.

Machu Picchu - May 16, 2010 (Birthday on the mountain!)

 Back down from MP mountain, with the sun setting in the west, it´s been a good day.

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Last picture of the day, as we´re getting asked to leave the ruins because they are closing.  Nick and I needed to show where we had climbed.  Yep, the big one, waaaaay up there, around 500 meters above where we are standing in this photo.

Machu Picchu - May 16, 2010 (Birthday on the mountain!)