Sharing moments in time…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Path


If a PATH well taken is measured by its continued use over time, or by the traffic that has gone that way, then this is truly a prodigious path.  The photo actually shows two paths:  The one along the lefthand side of the photo, built upon the terraced hillside, is the final portion of the Inca Trail leading from “the Sun Gate” down into Machu Picchu (which can be seen almost in the center of the photo).  Who can guess at the numbers of people (ancient and recent) who have travelled the path to this magical place?

The Paths well trodden...

The second one is the serpentine path coming up from the small town of Aguas Caliente to Machu Picchu.  This is the current bus path that most tourists take to the monument.  It is an exciting ride, especially in bad weather, and it literally keeps you on the edge of your seat.  Either path leads to the mysterious and mystical city.  Either one is well worth taking if you get the chance…..

20 responses

  1. Beautiful path! I’d love to be on a walk here.

    September 2, 2011 at 8:28 pm

  2. Wow! Great view. I admire anyone taking these paths. Thanks for sharing the story with the photo.

    September 2, 2011 at 8:52 pm

  3. One of the most beautiful places on Earth. Great choice for your path!

    September 2, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    • Agree. Good luck with your B&B. If we ever get to Madison, we’ll be sure to drop by

      September 3, 2011 at 7:33 am

  4. Breathtaking!

    September 3, 2011 at 8:39 am

    • Thanks! I looked at your photo from the canyon lands also – great shot, and someplace we still want to get to.

      September 3, 2011 at 9:28 pm

  5. oh wow, what a great view!

    September 3, 2011 at 11:07 am

    • and the photo doesn’t do it justice….

      September 3, 2011 at 9:32 pm

  6. Fantastic shot and an excellent choice for the challenge – indeed, the challenge could be said to be in the path 😉

    September 4, 2011 at 2:46 am

    • nice thought, Martin. I am enjoying your B&Ws.

      September 4, 2011 at 7:26 pm

  7. wow – now those are cool well-trodden paths! i just wrote about it on today’s post about paths…http://yichinglin.com/2011/09/04/the-silk-road/

    September 4, 2011 at 6:28 am

    • thanks – and I LOVE your spice photo – where did you take that in NYC?

      September 4, 2011 at 7:29 pm

      • thank you! once in awhile, you’ll bump into a Spices and Tease vendor at a NYC street fair. this one, in particular, was taken at the Hester Street Fair.

        September 4, 2011 at 8:29 pm

      • Thanks for the info. We’re coming to NYC this fall after a trip to Africa. We’re looking forward to getting reacquainted with the city.

        September 4, 2011 at 9:35 pm

      • enjoy your visit!!

        September 6, 2011 at 7:45 pm

  8. thank you for sharing the story behind the path. awed by to see the path leading to Machu Picchu.

    September 4, 2011 at 8:49 am

    • My pleasure – are you looking forward to the winter paths or dreading that they are coming soon?

      September 4, 2011 at 7:31 pm

  9. wow, it looks so beautiful

    September 5, 2011 at 7:12 pm

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