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Peruvian Spirit Quest: Machu Picchu & Beyond (A Breathtaking Pictorial)

Peruvian Spirit Quest: Machu Picchu & Beyond (A Breathtaking Pictorial)
Leaving Lima, Cusco- bound!

Leaving Lima, Cusco- bound!

Machu Picchu Pueblo / Agua Caliente - City Street

Machu Picchu Pueblo / Agua Caliente – City Street

This hotel is "to-die-for"!!

This hotel is “to-die-for”!!

Machu Picchu night market - incredible fresh product from local farmers

Machu Picchu night market – incredible fresh product from local farmers

Machu Picchu Pueblo / Agua Calientes River

Machu Picchu Pueblo / Agua Calientes River

Machu Picchu Mountain Climb - Hike to Ruins

Machu Picchu Mountain Climb – Hike to Ruins

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Approaching the Incan Sun Gate on Machu Picchu

At the Sun Gate, a.k.a. the grand finale of the Inca Trail

At the Sun Gate, a.k.a. the grand finale of the Inca Trail

Quintessential Machu Picchu View

Quintessential Machu Picchu View

Mount Huaynapicchu (Sister peak of Machupicchu) - about to climb that one too!

Mount Huaynapicchu (Sister peak of Machupicchu) – about to climb that one too!

Crossing over from Machu Picchu to Huaynapicchu

Crossing over from Machu Picchu to Huaynapicchu

Much of the way up Huaynapicchu was very narrow steps and stones like these, with steep sides and nothing to catch you on the way down...

Much of the way up Huaynapicchu was very narrow steps and stones like these, with steep sides and nothing to catch you on the way down…

And, sometimes you just have to trust an old rope to get you over a cliff :-)

And, sometimes you just have to trust an old rope to get you over a cliff πŸ™‚

Machu Picchu Aerial View - Incredible hike!

Machu Picchu Aerial View from Huaynapicchu #Humbling

The very top of Mount Huaynapicchu, not a soul in sight the whole way up!

The very top of Mount Huaynapicchu, not a soul in sight the whole way up!

Necessary selfie atop Mount Huaynapicchu... not a soul in sight.

Necessary selfie atop Mount Huaynapicchu.

View between Machu Picchu & Huaynapicchu

View between Machu Picchu & Huaynapicchu

Rivers running through Machu Picchu & Huaynapicchu

Rivers running through Machu Picchu & Huaynapicchu

Back to the Ruins for more sunshine..

Back to the Ruins for more sunshine..

Pretty little sweater on four legs ;-) #Alpaca

Pretty little sweater on four legs πŸ˜‰ #Alpaca

Caught PeruRail's infamous Vistadome from Machu Picchu to Ollantaytambo and enjoyed breathtaking views along the way... #Grateful #Vistadome #Perurail

Caught PeruRail’s infamous Vistadome from Machu Picchu to Ollantaytambo and enjoyed breathtaking views along the way… #Grateful #Vistadome #Perurail

Caught PeruRail's infamous Vistadome from Machu Picchu to Ollantaytambo and spied this along the way...

Riverside ruins in rural Peru.

Andean woman sells flowers near the Ollantaytambo train station

Andean woman sells flowers near the Ollantaytambo train station

Andean Natives in rural Peru, near Urumbamba and Ollantaytambo

Andean Natives…. mobile flower shop πŸ˜‰ Near Urumbamba and Ollantaytambo

Exploring sleepy little towns outside of Urumbamba

Exploring sleepy little towns outside of Urumbamba

Something about this made me smile :-)

Something about this made me smile… was as if freedom was right on the other side πŸ™‚

Peruvian countryside, between Ollantaytambo and Cusco (near Moray)

Peruvian countryside, between Ollantaytambo and Cusco (near Moray)

No clue where I really was, had not seen a sign for miles, but I <3 Peru :-)

No clue where I really was, had not seen a sign for miles, but I <3 Peru!

Exploring Majestic Moray!

Exploring Majestic Moray!

Me in the heart of the Moray ruins... again, hardly a soul in sight!

Me in the heart of the Moray ruins… again, hardly a soul in sight!

The Moray Watchtower! Incredible panoramic views of this intense space from here...

The Moray Watchtower! Incredible panoramic views of this sacred space

Moray, in all its glory... #IncanRuins

Moray, in all its glory… #IncanRuins

Desert Flowers in Moray

Desert Flowers in Moray

Peruvian Countryside, somewhere between Moray and Cusco

Peruvian Countryside, somewhere between Moray and Cusco

Adorable little house in rural Peru.

Adorable little house in rural Peru.

Salinas de Maras in the distance #LargerThanLife

Salinas de Maras in the distance #LargerThanLife

Salt flats from a distance, Salineras de Maras

Salt flats from a distance, Salineras de Maras

Little rustic chapel near Salineras de Maras

Little rustic chapel near Salineras de Maras

Ran into this little guy in a dark alley in the outskirts of Cusco... Guess I shouldn't have worn that red hood ;-)

Ran into this little guy in a dark alley in the outskirts of Cusco… Guess I shouldn’t have worn that red hood πŸ˜‰

I swear I've seen this symbol before somewhere... #JustDoItAgain

I swear I’ve seen this symbol before somewhere… #JustDoItAgain

Corn and coca leaves, practically everywhere

Corn and coca leaves, practically everywhere

Dear National Geographic, Call me :-)

Dear National Geographic, Call me πŸ™‚

Panoramic view of Central Cusco, city square

Panoramic view of Central Cusco, city square

S. Abbas

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