Monday I took the train to Aguas Calientes and yesterday I spent the day hiking along the railroad tracks below Machu Picchu taking lots of photos and shooting video on an amazing day. (It was dry until the last 4 km when it rained non-stop. It is, after all, the rainforest.)
Despite the challenging weather over the last part of the hike, it was still a fantastic day and I had a great time. I had originally intended to take my photo camera with the aim of photographing birds and animals along the way, but at the last second changed my mind to safe a lot of weight.
I barely saw a soul and the only people hiking in this way from Santa Teresa were a small family and a young couple. Normally I would pass several hundred people making their way along the tracks to save the train fare.
The video below is a little different style than usual. Hopefully you’ll like it and please feel free to comment below to tell me what you think. I hope to do a lot more like this. The encouragement of others is what sends me off on these little adventures!
(This was all shot on a tiny DJI Pocket 2 camera. I can’t recommend it enough for travel video.)
I thought about writing another long post, but I think this time I’m just going to add a photo gallery below of some of the photos I took along the way with my iPhone. As always, photos really can’t begin to show the beauty of the place. And following in the footsteps of Hiram Bingham along his original path in 1911 when he first went to Machu Picchu is still a little amazing even after all the times I’ve been there.
Always, be sure to click on each individual pic to see a larger version. I think I got some really good ones yesterday!