Sunday, March 6, 2016

Machu Picchu Pink Saturday


I can describe Machu Picchu and show magnificent photographs, but nothing comes close to actually being there. Nothing...

I've been back from Peru since Wednesday and I fell back into my usual routine -- groceries, laundry, the gym and exercise and Weight Watchers -- but I've been slow to get back to blogging and I apologize for that. I had hoped to blog more while I was in Peru, but between the mountains and the tropical rain forests the Blogger app on my iPad wasn't very cooperative. I'm still sorting through literally hundreds of pictures and I'm not going very quickly. I enjoyed every part of the trip -- even falling in mud in the Amazon on a nature walk -- and I'm going very slowly through the pictures.

I enjoyed every day of the trip, even without my luggage for four days. Lima had a great museum and interesting historic sites, Cusco and its environs were both beautiful and historic and the Amazon was fascinating. I'm thinking of doing posts on each area and highlighting some of my favorite places and experiences.

A different view of the "New" Mountain, and below, one of my favorite photographs. After three flights, a train ride and two bus rides, I am at Machu Picchu. When I was convalescing from my spinal surgery almost four years ago, this was beyond a dream. I am so grateful to have had this experience.
 
  Some of the rest of the climb was more than I could do -- think high steep steps and no handrails -- but I was still so excited to be at this point and see the excavations.
 
 
One of the special treats while at Machu Picchu was staying at the Inkaterra Hotel. Our group was upgraded and it was a fabulous experience. We had every luxury of home, but were still in the middle of the Andes.
 

This is the view from my room, with the Andes in the background. 
 
The sights were extraordinary, but it would have been half the trip without our tour director, Roberto, and the people I traveled with. It was a friendly and very inclusive group and I enjoyed everyone's company. Thanks, all, for great travel memories and friendships. I'm so happy to add this post to this week's Pink Saturday, and glad to be back to blogging.  
 
 
Returning to New York, to blogging and very happily to my blog buddies, and alas, just for one evening to "Downton Abbey." I'm back just in time to say goodbye. 
 
As ever, thanks for visiting and take good care!


14 comments:

Linda @ Life and Linda said...

Congrats and welcome home. That was quite the trip. Our friends have been wanting to go for so long and asked us if we would join them. We are thinking about it. Seeing your photos brings the dream closer.

Olde Dame Penniwig said...

You look so happy and just gorgeous in your Machu Picchu picture! I'm looking forward to reading and viewing your posts about your trip. Glad you are safely returned!

Marilynn Smith said...

Your pictures are fantastic! Can't wait to see more! Glad you got home safely.

Bj Pup said...

Glad you had a good time. The pictures are great.

Terra Hangen said...

I love the feeling of the photo of mist and New Mountain, and of course the one of you smiling there.

Annesphamily said...

This is a place I have dreamed of visiting. Carol your photos are breathtakingly beautiful. I am so happy you had a great trip and enjoyed yourself immensely. It is a real pleasure to stop by and say hello. Enjoy a wonderful week my friend. Hugs, Anne xo

Paula Kaye said...

I can't wait to hear more. Happy you are home!! I missed you!

Denise said...

Sounds like a great trip. One of my yoga buddies was there last fall. Not sure if I will ever get there.

Deanna Rabe said...

What an amazing trip! You look wonderful in Machu Picchu!

I look forward to hearing all about your trip soon!

Anne Payne said...

Carol, These pictures are fabulous!!! I'm so happy you enjoyed your trip. You look great! Thanks for sharing so soon after getting back.

Pondside said...

You're so right - it is impossible to do this marvelous place justice. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for me too. Such a treat to see your pictures!

Theresa said...

I loved seeing your beautiful pics:). Thanks for taking me along on this once in a lifetime journey. Hope you have a wonderful week. Big hugs.

Mimi said...

Looks like a wonderful trip. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Equipo Imperios said...

Salkantay Trek is the alternative to the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu was recently named among the 25 best Treks in the World, by National Geographic Adventure Travel Magazine.