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The waterfall was as far as we went. We pretty much hoofed-it back up to the Puenta Ruinas. The bird activity had slowed as the day advanced, with the clear skies not helping things much. We did get a different perspective on the ruins at Machu Picchu. In this first view the ruins are obvious.
Here, perhaps, you have to look a little closer, both on the top of the ridge but also a little down slope.
We boarded the bus again at Puente Ruinas and rode back up to the ruins for lunch. Afterward, some of us birded the Hiram Bingham Road, at first accompanied by this little perrito. If George had been there, maybe we would have found out earlier about the dog biscuits in his secret cache.
From the Hiram Bingham Road we had good views of Putucusi, the mountain known as "Half Orange." Numerous hikers were on top of the mountain when we first looked. With the approaching weather, the number of them on the peak diminished rapidly.
The road was unexpectedly, and most welcomely, birdy. Here is a White-winged Black-Tyrant that flew down the hillside and posed and perched and fly-caught for us.
Another source of entertainment came from the numerous coatis being fed at the restaurant along the road. We were told that "hundreds" of them came in for the offerings of the proprietors. Well, here there are at least ten.
These weren't your everyday ordinary coatis.
It was quite a nice afternoon along the Hiram Bingham Road. Down below you could see the Urubamba River.
Our next day would start with a train ride from Ollantaytambo up to Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu.
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