I really love this view of Machu Picchu. So much can be seen. The close buildings are the edge of the eastern residential sector. In the far distance are the farming terraces with the farmers’ houses. The little building all the way at the top is the guard house to the main entrance. All visitors entered from there. To the far right is the “quarry” which is suspected to simply be a construction site. And the group of buildings below is the royal residence.

You can see the clouds were moving off after a few hours of steady early morning rain. Also the day-tripping crowds hadn’t arrived yet from Cusco. There are only a few tour groups milling around at this time. This east residential sector is a particularly peaceful location even during the busiest hours and we spent a lot of time lounging on the stone walls sunning ourselves with the wild Chinchillas.

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