UNESCO Monday #11: Get Lost in Machu Picchu

Corridor in Machu Picchu

[This failed to post last Monday…I just noticed today…oops]

Where am I? Where was I headed? I am lost for what seems like the tenth time, and you know what? It feels awesome! Before I went to Machu Picchu this last summer, I did a lot of research about the city, how to get there, what to expect, and of course, the history. One thing I didn’t realize though was how large this place is and how many corridors there are. I should have known better, it is a city after all. Visiting Machu Picchu is at the top of pretty much everyone’s bucket list and few places live up to the hype as much as this wonder of the world.

I love this shot because in the midst of my excitement, and taking a barrage of pictures, I got a little bit lost. It was early in the morning, before the huge crowds, so we had most of the far side of the city to ourselves. We were headed to the entrance of Wayna Picchu, the fantastic mountain on the far side that overlooks the ancient ruins like a guardian angel. Only 400 climbers are allowed to scale a day, so we felt pretty lucky already.

When I got to this point, I realized that I didn’t know where I was going. I had been so busy taking pictures that I had lost my way. I was also doing it again… not enjoying the moment and pushing that shutter button way too much. I stopped, put the camera down for a sec, looked around, and took it all in. It never felt so good to just wander around and see what was there.

This is one of the corridors that snake around the city like a labyrinth. At some point in your trek, you might not know where you are going, you might not know how you got there, you might not even know if you are walking around in circles, but you will definitely not even care.

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Julio Moreno
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