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Machu Picchu

Today I was up at 3:30 am to be first in line at the buses going to Machu Picchu. Only the first 400 people per day are able to get tickets to be able to climb Huayna Picchu. I was feeling a bit on the ill side, so didn't bother getting in line. I finally got on the bus at 6:30 and rode the 1/2 hr. trip up the side of the mountain. The road is all switch-backs and does have a great view. Once on top I checked if there where any tickets left for Huayna Picchu, but they where all sold out.


I had already booked a 2 hr. tour with a guide and at 7:00 am they showed up and gathered our group together. We started off by first climbing to the highest point of Machu Picchu (except for Huayna Picchu mountain). From there he gave his first talk, and then we started working our way back down as the guide stopped at each interesting spot and told it's story. Machu Picchu is a amazing place to see. It was the only Inca city left untouched by the Spanish.


After our tour was over we had the rest of the day to do whatever we wanted. For Dinner I went and bought the most expensive meal of my 5 week trip, which was a hamburger at the gate. Then I spent the next 3 hrs. wandering around the site, seeing all I could see, and taking lots of photos. I came up with some interesting poses that other people started copying right away. Machu Picchu is a must visit when coming to Peru.


At the top there is a 40 minute walk down a trail that I didn't do, but I did do the 20 minute walk to the bridge. It is a walk that I would recommend to anyone who comes all the way to Peru to see Machu Picchu.


After I had enough of the site I took the bus back down to the river and walked to the museum for a quick tour, then walked back to Aguas Calientes.


I ended up wasting $17 on another useless massage, and then caught the 7:30 pm train back to Ollantaytambo. I would have loved to spend another day at both Aguas Calientes and Ollantaytambo, but was running out of time. From there I paid a taxi $27 to take me for a 1 hr. drive back to Cusco, where I ended up staying at the same hostal, being that the taxi driver could not find two other ones that I had on my list.

Posted by ScottK 21:02 Archived in Peru

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