The alarm is set for 4:30am on my iPhone, and our packs are packed, we are ready to be on the first bus to reach Machu Picchu!
As we wake, still groggy from the early morning and the strenuous hike the day before, I open the shades of our room to find it pouring outside. We convince ourselves that it will stop soon, and if we leave later we will get some sunshine. The alarm is reset to a more comfortable 7:30 where we will try this again, only to be disappointed.
I guess it’s time to strap on the rain gear and do this thing!
The thing about Machu Picchu, it’s kind of out in the middle of nowhere, and it’s a trek just to get out there, so rain or shine… today is the day!
The song by Alanis Morissette “Rain on your wedding day” played in my head a few times that morning. Sure we weren’t exactly getting married, but I don’t know when I will ever get back here, and it definitely put a cramp in the day.
The silver lining
Even our rain clouds had a silver lining actually they were the silver lining. Having the misty, eery clouds roll around the mountains surrounding the ruins made for some cool pictures. Everyone has seen the pictures from Machu Picchu on a nice sunny day, but we got to see it with as the clouds made constantly changing and interesting compositions (or at least that’s how I am going to look at it).
The black lining of the cloud
I’m not sure if ‘black lining’ is even a thing, but for this post it’s the opposite of a silver one. The downside is the site is still very full because, like us, everyone only has a day or two to be there rain or shine. Everyone is there, and very colorful, every color of the rainbow is represented in disposable poncho form. The beautiful tan and gray ruins (and your photos) get a splash of color as hordes of tourist parade through with waterproof outfits and umbrellas.
The other snag is actually taking pictures. Maybe I’m over protective of my camera gear, but I most certainly took way less pictures than I would have if it was nice, sunny, and the llamas were smiling. Come to think of it the rain must have scared the llamas away cause I saw no llamas, and I even wore my llama gear, sad face.
I am going to focus on the positive and bask in the cloudy coolness of my photos.