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Day 190: Machu Picchu to Quillabamba

Michael Palin - Full CircleDespite its lofty situation, Machu Picchu is three thousand feet lower than Cuzco, which is itself a thousand feet lower than La Paz, which may account for the first unequivocally deep sleep I have enjoyed since we climbed up into the mountains. It's sod's law that I have to interrupt it at 5.30 a.m. so that we can be ready to film the sun striking the sacred rock. Unfortunately it is the first sunless morning since we left Chile, twelve days ago, so it looks as though we shall have to film cloud striking the sacred rock instead. Not that I am complaining. Apart from a half-dozen others who have spent the night up here, and an assortment of llamas who ramble proprietorially through the ruins, nibbling the grass and occasionally stopping to wrestle or mate, we have the lost city to ourselves.
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PALIN'S GUIDES

  • Series: Full Circle
  • Day: 190
  • Country/sea: Peru
  • Place: Machu Picchu
  • Book page no: 255

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