Magical Machu Picchu Peru


| January 28, 2013

Julian Goldring recently travelled to Peru with Cox & Kings, here he shares with us a  bit about his time there.

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After the splendours of the 10-hour journey on the Andean Explorer a few days earlier, you would be forgiven for thinking the final train of the trip a little disappointing, but the first sight of Machu Picchu more than made up for it.

The afternoon arrival meant that most of the crowds had dissipated and the ever changing weather, which encompassed spooky mists and bright sunshine, showed off the site to full advantage. A return visit early the following morning before the main tourist rush allowed time to climb to the Sun Gate and view the site from a different perspective.

Machu Picchu might have been the highlight, but earlier visits to Arequipa and Colca Canyon will also remain in the memory. The centre of Arequipa at night, with the tastefully floodlit buildings, was a photographer’s delight and the daytime views of the surrounding volcanoes most impressive.

I was also pleasantly surprised to see the condors at Colca Canyon at such close quarters and discover how easy it was to photograph these graceful birds in their natural habitat.

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