Monochrome Monday: Machu Picchu

The Monochrome Monday #momo challenge continues with the iconic and mystical Machu Picchu.

While exploring South America for over 9 months back in 2011, we completed the 5-day Salkantay trek, finally arriving at Peru’s iconic and mesmerising Machu Picchu.

Want to read more about the tough 5-day Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu ascending and descending 74 kilometres over 4 days, before arriving at magnificent Machu Picchu on the 5th day? Then, check both links.

Machu Picchu, Salkantay trek, Peru, South America
Peru’s magnificent Machu Picchu

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26 responses to “Monochrome Monday: Machu Picchu”

  1. mygenxerlife Avatar

    The Inca Trail was a spiritual trek for me. Seeing the photo brought back a lot of memories. Thank you.

    1. Image Earth Travel Avatar

      It’s an incredible trek. Which trek did you do and when?
      So pleased you enjoyed this post. Make sure to visit these links for more photos: 5-day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu and Peru: Magnificent Machu Picchu in One Day
      Thanks for stopping by and leaving comment.

      1. mygenxerlife Avatar

        I did the 4 day trek to Machu Picchu about 20 years ago. It changed my life…

      2. Image Earth Travel Avatar

        Wow, it would have been totally different 20 years ago as I’m sure all of the available treks are different since I did the Salkantay in 2011.
        I read and hear the treks are even more popular now.

      3. mygenxerlife Avatar

        I’m glad I was able to see the ruins. We did Huayna Picchu also when we got to Machu Picchu. That had an amazing view

      4. Image Earth Travel Avatar

        Me too! I didn’t venture up to Huayna Picchu as just wanted to spend the entire days wandering all over Machu Picchu – we were the last ones out when they shut the gates.

  2. sandyroybessandbugzy Avatar

    I see from your comments you are in the Ukraine. Stay safe.

    1. Image Earth Travel Avatar

      Yes, arrived here 10 days ago and here until 30th November, but thinking of extending into December.

      1. sandyroybessandbugzy Avatar

        May you continue to be a blessing each day that you choose to stay.

      2. Image Earth Travel Avatar

        Thank you Sandy for your kind words. 🙂

      3. sandyroybessandbugzy Avatar

        I have relatives committed to medical support. So prayers are for you and them.

      4. Image Earth Travel Avatar

        Where in Ukraine are your relatives?
        Lviv is a little quieter than the east, but there’s still a midnight to 5 am curfew, air raid sirens go off every second day, lots of soldiers in the city, but life still goes on.

      5. sandyroybessandbugzy Avatar

        No comment at this stage.

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  3. equinoxio21 Avatar

    Yes! yes! That like works… 👍🏻 lemme see if you have others in comments.

    1. Image Earth Travel Avatar

      Great! The plugin developer’s instructions and then my disabling the options found the culprit. Now I have to enable the options that didn’t make a difference – it’s never-ending!

  4. Christie Avatar

    Thank you for bringing me back fond memories of Peru. I already miss our trip there🙂
    Hope all is well with you Nilla, have a lovely day! xx

    1. Image Earth Travel Avatar

      Hi Christie, I’m missing Peru but all of South America…it’s been too many years since I was there and would love to return to Venezuela.
      All is cool and currently in Ukraine. Hope all is well with you. x 🙂

      1. Christie Avatar

        Ukraine?!! Stay safe!! 🙂

      2. Image Earth Travel Avatar

        Yes to volunteer in Lviv for a while.

  5. zannyro Avatar

    What a dreamy image.

    1. Image Earth Travel Avatar

      Thank you, Machu Picchu is a surreal place!

  6. Yetismith Avatar

    You are a truly intrepid woman! Altitude, hiking all very well but freezing as well? Going to Tibet we crossed the border from Nepal and there had been landslides, so to access the Chinese bus we had to climb up a very, very steep slope, but our baggage was loaded onto the backs of sherpas who shined up it like mountain goats. At the top we were obliged to sleep one night in a dormitory which had wide open windows. I think the temps were in the 20’s F, so we put on extra clothes and used the smelly quilts that were on our platforms. It wasn’t the Ritz, but it was fine and we all got the giggles because there was a hanging light bulb with no switch. I think one of the intrepid Swiss covered with a hat. But that was easy. It makes a huge difference who you are with, of course. In my case it was just being in Tibet that made no discomfort a problem.
    Always wanted to see Machu Picchu. Hard to imagine building that place in such a harsh environment. But people then were obviously tough. I feel that humanity is turning itself into blobs of jelly. So I am always thrilled to see young people exerting themselves.
    Black and white a very effective medium there!

    1. Image Earth Travel Avatar

      Nah…just love travelling. 😉
      Agree that it’s the person or people you travel with that make the journey but the personalities along the way of other travellers make for great stories.
      The more you give me snippets of your Tibetan memories, the more it makes me want to travel through this incredible region. Maybe one day I’ll get there…after seeing Mongolia. I can’t remember how long you were in Tibet and was it long enough?
      Machu Picchu was built over 600 years ago and when you make it up there, you wonder how this incredible feat could have been done, especially at such an altitude.

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    the magic, which I never knew how to explain, just feel, of Machu Picchu in b&w is also magical. I was at the Inca ruins in 1985 and I consider my trip to be more fascinating and internalized. magnificent, Nilla. my affectionate hug.

    1. Image Earth Travel Avatar

      I know exactly what you mean Fernando!
      Machu Picchu is such an incredibly mystical site but also unfathomable how this city was built over 600 years ago. It’s a site where B&W adds much to the site’s mood…hugs. 🙂

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