This iconic place is not overstated. We were up at 5 am to catch one of the first busses to Macchu Picchu and joined a crowd of some several hundred. A very efficient half hour later, we were on our way, up a single-lane road in a majestic tour bus, arriving just in time to stand in line to present our tickets. Luckily, Allen had purchased them the day before so we didn't have to stand in two lines.
We made it before sunrise. Everything anyone has ever said about this magical place is true. We wandered around for 3 and a half hours, not worrying about much of anything, just taking in the different views of this sncient temple and living complex. We found the temple to the condor and climbed through a cave, a spiritual journey for the Incans. Alltogether a lovely day. Now we're headed back to Agua Calientes and our hotel, perhaps a bathtub. Perhaps a very mundane ending to a lovely day. But it was magnificant.