A Feast for the Eyes


While the legs and lungs burned calories on our Salkantay trek, the eyes got their share of workout too, taking in the vast vistas of the Andes Cordillera (mountain range). From the snow-capped peaks to the mists in the jungle, from the basic camps to the majestic citadel of Machu Picchu, the landscape changed constantly. The bonds of friendship tested and cemented. It topped everything – the pure air, and the scale of the beauty around us.

 

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A valley of contrasts

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The easier part of the ride

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One hand on the reins, the other on the shutter

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The majestic Apu Salkantay

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Heart-in-the-mouth moments

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The trek leading up to the Salkantay pass

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Definitely the high point of my trip

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The last of the snow caps before entering the jungle

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Ecosystem on a rock

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The camp mirage (ours was hours away, in Chaullay ‘village’)

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The stream that became Urubamba

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The expression of the shoes said it all. Lucmabamba camp

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Coffee, anyone?

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When the guide was away, we had our moments of play

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From trail to track. Hidroelectric to Aguas Calientes.

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Sky, mountain, river, track, gravel.

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The finish line: A distant view of the Machu Picchu ‘backside’

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Machu Picchu, a name randomly assigned to the site, that stuck.

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Because I was there. Before sunrise. 

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The reimagined roof

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Our fearless ‘Inca’ leader: Amoroso

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The power of El Sol

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Stone walls and blue skies

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Windows XV

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The part that was visible from down below, when we looked up

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Saving the best for last: The magical moment when we all stopped to worship the sun emerging through the mountains

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2 comments

  1. Beautiful photos..looks like an awesome trek..thank you for sharing!

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