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Aguas Calientes Railway Station, Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu, Peru

Baby Llama at Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu, Peru

Llama at Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu, Peru

Lynn and David at Machu Picchu, Peru

Sacred Rock in foreground with matching mountain behind, Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu, Peru

Panorama of Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu, Peru

Lynn at Machu Picchu, Peru

David at Machu Picchu, Peru

Lynn, Kirstin and Bernhard near Inca Bridge, Machu Picchu, Peru

Inca Bridge, Machu Picchu, Peru

Inca Bridge, Machu Picchu, Peru


Wednesday 25th June 2014

Cusco to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu), Peru

Today we were up at 5:30am as we were to be picked up at 6:45am to go to catch the train to Machu Picchu. We had breakfast in the hotel and, with Laura, waited for our transport to arrive. And waited and waited. At about 7:10am we asked the hotel receptionist to check where our lift was and she said it would be here "in a minute". Thinking that they might not be coming, after about 5 minutes more, we hailed a cab and same receptionist gave instructions to the cab driver about the now urgency of our lift to the train station. The taxi driver set off and drove as fast as he could (after asking us to put on our seat belts) out of the city towards the train station, reportedly about 25 minutes away. In the end we arrived at the platform and the train staff checked us off the list and we sat down in our seats just one minute before the train left. It was certainly a near thing. The train travelled through the beautiful countryside heading down the Sacred Valley to Ollantaytambo and then about 3 hours after we left Cusco, we arrived in Aguas Calientes, the town just below Machu Picchu. It is a small town almost totally devoted to serving the visitors who pour in to see Machu Picchu every day, full of hotels, hostels, restaurants, market stalls and souvenir shops. We had come with Laura from our trip, who was originally going to do a trek (Lares Track) but had been sick and wasn't able to go. We were met at the station and walked to our hotel with the person who met us, checked in and then went out to check out the local markets and look around the town. We had some lunch then a drink, and then looked at all the market stalls - so much shopping opportunities, so little luggage allowance -----. In the late afternoon we had a relaxing time at a restaurant having a couple of drinks and a chat then back to the hotel and out again for dinner (with Laura and also Ashleigh who had arrived from the Lares trek) then home to bed at around 9:30pm.

Thursday 26th June 2014

Machu Picchu (Aguas Calientes) to Cusco, Peru

Although Laura and Ashleigh were getting up at 4:30am to go up to the bus to Machu Picchu, we decided that we would just wake up and then go. So we got up about 7:10am and once we packed our day pack, we walked down to the bus station and immediately hopped on the first bus and arrived in Machu Picchu about 8:15am. We met up with our group just outside the gates and then within about 30 minutes after we had talked to them all about their Inca Trail trek, we showed our passes and set off on our guided tour of the ruins. The day was sunny and warm, perfect weather. Our guide was the same person who had walked the Inca Trail with the group and he is very wordy, so it was easy to drift off while he was speaking. The ruins are just amazing and the stone work is just unbelievable. The setting is beautiful - however there are thousands of tourists, but it is such a large site that there does not seem to be too many people there. At about 11:30am, we had finished the tour and we went back out to the exit and ate our sandwich breakfast and had a rest (you aren't allowed to eat food in the site). We then went back in and walked up the terraces to the top of the site and out to the "Inca Bridge", a very narrow part of the path (about 1 metre wide) with a number of logs that (we assume) could be dropped down so nobody could get across that part of the track. The drop below was about 1,000 metres. We then walked back down to the gate and caught the 2pm bus back to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Pueblo as it is called) to wait for our train. We had an ice cream in the main square while we waited and people watched. At about 4:00pm, we met the rest of our group who were going back on the train to Cusco and walked up to the railway station and caught the 4.45pm train back to Poroy, the terminus for the train from Machu Picchu to Cusco. The ride took about 3½ hours. We were picked up at the station and transported back to our hotel where we were placed in the same (nice) room that we had for most of our stay there. We went out for dinner to our local restaurant and then went back to our hotel. Today, with the beautiful weather, was a great day, seeing Machu Picchu, an amazing place, and absolutely one of the wonders of the world and certainly a highlight of our trip.



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