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Machu Picchu Classic - August 2012 Peru Photo Contest

by Ron Wooten
(Galveston, Texas, U.S.A.)

Machu Picchu Classic - Typical Shot

Machu Picchu Classic - Typical Shot

~ by Ron Wooten - Galveston, Texas, U.S.A.

This photo was taken on the hillside to the left of the entrance of Machu Picchu

This photo was taken on 5 August, 2012 at 1251PM. The weather was partly cloudy and warm...a very nice day!

Our group came from sea level in Lima to Cusco the day before. 

We had been acting as missionaries in the satellite areas of Chincha Alta, a place probably not in too many tourism guides, but beautiful in its own ways nonetheless. 

We took off running before the plane came to a stop, drinking our coca tea on the run before jumping on a bus to see the ruins throughout Cusco! 

I did not drink enough water and do the things I needed to avoid altitude sickness, and become muy enfermo this day!  Cusco is at a very high altitude! 

I had told my group that I wanted to stay at the hotel, but a very persistent pair of women dragged me from my self-imposed, self-inflicted misery, forced me to take saroche pills while making sure I was constantly drinking water. 

When I took this photo I was just a few minutes past retching outside the entrance, but very happy to be walking and in the land of the living. 

Passing through the entrance I felt my strength returning, and throughout our time in the ruins I did feel much better. 

Even as we all shot photo after photo, the incredible beauty of the site was overwhelming and surreal. 

There was definitely a 'mystical feel' about the place that carried me the entire time we were there...once I passed the exit, the waves of nausea came down upon me like an Andean avalanche, and I had to revert to the plastic bolsas my wife had in tow! 

Definite magic and mystery in Machu Picchu...

When they offer the tea, DRINK IT.  When you are not thirsty, ask for MORE water! 

The train ride and bus ride to Machu Picchu, along with Aquas Calientes and the other small cities in those mountains would have been so much better had I been either awake or not ill! 

The scenery from Cusco to Machu Picchu is breathtakingly beautiful!

Camera and Tips for Taking Photos in Peru

The photo was taken with a Canon EOS 50D, 18-55mm IS lens, and a CP filter.

If staying in coastal Peru, be sure to have plenty of cleaning materials for your camera, particularly a dusting brush and blow bulb. 

The coastal area was very dusty and my sensor showed this after changing lenses a few times.

Otherwise, get out of the resort areas of Peru and find the real Peru...the people are beautiful, warm, loving, and kind. 

Peruvians have some of the more beautiful spirits any of our group had met through our combined trips and mission work worldwide!



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