Cee’s Which Way Challenge: A hair-raising ride up Machu Picchu mountain

The switchback road up Machu Picchu mountain - photo by E. Jurus
The switchback road up Machu Picchu mountain – photo by E. Jurus

If you’re not up to spending 4 days hiking the Inca Trail up to Machu Picchu citadel in Peru, one of your other options is to take one of the many buses that careen up and down the mountain all day long. But don’t think you’re getting off too easy: it’s quite a ride up the tight switchbacks of the road, with a steep drop-off on the outside edge.

The view is amazing but disconcerting: it feels like you’re suspended in mid-air at some points, at others like you’re floating straight up the side of the mountain.

Approaching one of the switchbacks on the road to Machu Picchu - photo by E. Jurus
Approaching one of the switchbacks on the road to Machu Picchu – photo by E. Jurus
Looking out from the Machu Picchu switchback road - photo by E. Jurus
Looking out from the Machu Picchu switchback road – photo by E. Jurus

The drive becomes really interesting when two buses have to pass each other!  It’s all worth it though — seeing Machu Picchu in real life is an incredible experience. But that’s a tale for another Challenge entry 🙂

Passing another bus on the Machu Picchu mountain road - photo by E. Jurus
Passing another bus on the Machu Picchu mountain road – photo by E. Jurus

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