Machu Picchu, Peru
After a 5am start we enjoyed the early peace as the clouds lifted from the valley to reveal the city. After exploring the ruins we climbed to Inti punku, the sun gate, to marvel at the view and dine on potato chips in an unbeatable location 2700m above sea level, while Machu Picchu filled up with day trippers.
Later the resident llamas entertained us with a mating ritual which was recorded on any number of home videos for the entertainment of family and friends back home.
Tonight we stay again in Cuzco and tomorrow we head to higher ground. Promisingly, the bus we have booked lists “oxygen” as one of its features…