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Seeing the Milky Way in Aguas Calientes

Posted on 23 September 2011 by onthegroundtravel

Aguas Calientes Adventure Log:

Aguas Calientes is usually a bustling town.  Nestled in the foothill of Machu Picchu, it has the strategic advantage of being a point of passing for all travelers who wish to go up the sacred mountain.  But last night, with no warning, the entire town lost power.  With the Andean mountains surrounding us, we were instantly in complete darkness.  While everyone scrambled for flashlights and candles, we looked up to the sky.  And there it was.  The Milky Way visible right in front of our eyes.  Although we have been planning for this sight for some time, nothing prepared us for this.  In the middle of all the noise and chaos, we were completely awestruck by the haunting beauty of the Milky Way and the innumerable number of stars that danced around it.  Then out of nowhere, three shooting stars flew across the sky.  Yep, just like that.  They were as meant to be there as water and air and moon and sun and rainbow and lighting and rain.  So, thank you for the power outage.  Without it, we would have never seen the beauty hidden behind the night sky.  Now, can we have another power outage please?

 

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  1. Johnelle Says:

    Articles like this just make me want to visit your webtsie even more.

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