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At 5:45 am, more or less, it was a bit cold and very humid. 15 minutes before opening the gates of Machu Picchu, and a group of 20 people already waited pateintly with me outside the closed gates: Americans, French, Irish (warm and friendly, Kev!), Spanish...Deligates from all over the world climbed that early hour the 3000 steps from the Rio Urubamba to the 2400 meter high city gates in pitch black of with little dropletes of water dripping from recently showered tropic tree tops.
The Objective was clear: most visitors come between 8 am and 12 pm, thus, coming first would entitle you with 2 precious hours of an almost deserted Machu Picchu.
Finally, when some little light of early sun tried without any success to penetrate the low clouds, a blueish color covered all of us and added to the already mysterious and exciting feeling of being in proximity to one of the grand mysteris in Human History. This picture was taken toward east, 90 degrees to the ruins that laid under complete darkness.
I have included another shot taken while en route to the gates, and added here a quatation from Hiram Bingham memories about his climb to the ruins:
"For an hour and twenty minutes we had a hard climb. A good part of the distance we went on all fours, sometimes hanging on by the tips of our fingers. Here and there, a primitive ladder made from the roughly hewn trunk of a small tree was placed in such a way as to help one over what might otherwise have proved to be an impassable cliff...The humidity was great, the heat was excessive, and we were not in training" INCA LAND, Explorations in the Highlands of Peru
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