After returning from Vallunaraju we took a night bus to Lima, spent one day there and then moved on. We decided to skip destinations like Nazca and Arequipa and just fly direct to Cuzco.This area is probably one of the most popular tourist destinations in South America, but it still does not feel too spoiled. Traveling in the low (rainy) season has it's advantages. We decided to see The Sacred Valley by collectivos so packed light and took short bus rides from one place to the next. We ended up spending much of the day in Pisac, a very pleasant town with very impressive ruins nearby. At night we arrived in Aguas Calientes, the closest town to Machu Picchu, only accessible by train.Everyone says to get to Machu Picchu early so we got in line for the 5:30am bus and were among the first 50 people to enter. But we might as well have been the only ones there as there was dense fog with maybe 50 feet visibility so we couldn't see anyone else. Nor the ruins for that matter...But we sat down and waited patiently and over the next few hours it cleared up. Around 11am we hiked up to Huyana Picchu and by the the time we got up there the views were great.Our train was not till evening so we had the entire day there. And the wait was well worth it. At 4:45pm, after more than 10 hours at the site and just 15 minutes before we had to leave the sun broke through and I was rewarded with the light and clouds to get the picture above. Click here for the full album.