Today I woke up in Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu) at 3:30 a.m. to the sound of pouring down rain. I snoozed for a bit, hoping the rain would stop, and then rallied to get in line with all the other travelers who want to climb Wanay Picchu. There is a limit of 400 people per day allowed on the mountain. It is a very strenuous climb up steep stairs built by the Incas but the vista is amazing from the top. You can see all of the Machu Picchu site and a 360 degree view of the surrounding majestic mountians.
I have seen many Inka ruins in Peru that are quite impressive. But the setting for Machu Picchu is most incredible.
Oh, and by the way, the mountain in the picture above is Wanay Picchu.