Fiasco or no fiasco, Machu Picchu

Our visit to the famed Inca citadel was framed by fiasco: a bit of food-poisoning along with some anti-government demonstrations in Cuzco that led to a train strike and non-refundable hotel reservations. With limited time, our visit to Machu Picchu was on the edge of not happening. Fortunately, we ended up making it. From the dizzyingly steep terraces thousands of feet above the Urubamba River, we were grateful to share the thin air with the resident llamas.

Text and Photo By Joseph Cyr, AFAR

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