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May 15, 2012 - A Birthday with 2 Cakes and Machu Picchu Views

It is Pam's birthday today (not 50 yet!) and Pepe made sure it started off right with a birthday cake for breakfast! We hit the Inca trail early and climbed for about 2 hours and 2000', uphill through the steamy cloud forest. Then it was all downhill, stopping along the way at the recently restored ruins of Llactapata for our first views of Machu Picchu in the distance across the valley. A spectacular site and from this view we could see how Machu Picchu was perfectly situated to withstand assaults, shear cliffs all around it! We had lunch...

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Nov 25, 2011 - Machu Picchu

EXPLORING MACHU PICCHU We got up early, 4:30 am so we could get to Machu Picchu before the crowds arrived. We caught a bus by 6 am. The bus had to do many switch backs to get up to this city that is built at 2,350m on the saddle of a mountain flanked by sheer drops to the Urubamba Valley below. The Spanish never found it. The city was abandoned. When we arrived, the city was cloaked in mist. But as the sun came up over the mountains, the mist disappeared. The view was breath taking! We had to walk up 130 steps from the entrance to reach the...

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May 8, 2011 - finally at Macchu Picchu

Macchu Picchu day is finally here!! 4:30am and we are up! Ick - so early! Breakfast was at 5:20a - pancakes, bread, juice & coffee, and we had booked little ‘tuktuk’s’ to transfer us to the train station (Mic’s parents don’t walk very well and they would only be 5 soles per couple) these were little 3 wheel motorbikes with a carriage on the back that could hold 2. Well they didn’t show up so we started walking and the other guide (Santiago) had gone to find a taxi somewhere… he meet us on the road with a van which was fine. Boarding for the...

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Jan 18, 2011 - Inca Trail and Macchu Picchu

Just finished the Inca Trail!!! It only took us three days instead of four. DAY 1: Today was hard but everyone tells us tomorrow is the hardest day (something to look forward to!) It's supposed to be the rainy season but we were really lucky and didn't have any rain, it was really hot and sunny. We had our passports stamped at the beginning of the trail. When we got to camp the boys played football with the porters and won even though they were playing at altitude!! DAY 2: We camped last night and had a fairly good night's sleep. Our...

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Jun 30, 2010 - Inca trail, Machu Picchu

Saa oprandt dagen endelig, hvor vi skulle starte vores eventyr paa Inkastien. Dagen startede tidligt som saedvanligt med en bumlebustur fra Cusco til Olaytantambu, hvor 82 km stenen markerer starten paa Inkastien. Den foerste dag var forholdsvis flad og det var helt fint, for vi var begge ikke helt paa toppen. Det viste sig, at vi havde vores egen guide, Darwin og en privat baerer, Donato. Det var ret laekkert for os, men livet som baerer paa Inkastien er ikke for slapsvanse. Udover vores bagage (ca 12 kg) skulle han baere vand til 3 dage...

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Jun 14, 2010 - Machu Picchu

I tried to download a small video of Machu Picchu, but no luck. These little internet cafe computers are dragging, I guess. That will have to wait till I get back home. Nothing I can say can describe it as well as seeing it on video or picture. I captured some really nice shots of the sunrise over the top of the mountains. We were up at 4 am, getting our coffee and off by 5:30 AM, to get in the line of Machu peachiers! Such a fun experience. I even got my passport stamped. Cool, no? The night before, I have to say was not the best, for my...

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Jun 12, 2010 - Cusco and Aguas Calientes -Day One

Sitting at a coffee shop in Hot Waters, Peru waiting to go to bed. Tomorrow´s alarm clock is set for four in the morning. We plan to get our breakfast and meet the bus by 5:30 am. There is not much to do in this town besides eat and sleep. So close, but yet so far. I am looking at the court yard at a Inca warrior-type statue wondering how this town even came to be here in the middle of the jungle. If you have ever seen a picture of Machu Picchu, than you have seen the back drop of this little town. We are all staying at Gringo Bill´s lodge....

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May 31, 2010 - Yeah Agnes Caliente

The best thing about getting to Aguas Caliente was clean toilets!! The town was really interesting and there was a fiesta marching along as we were having lunch. After lunch there was a protest march raising awareness about the amount of money the government was pouring into tourism vs supporting local people. Volleyball seemed to be the game of choice and we watched a very serious game between two girls teams.

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Adios Amigos 2010

May 29, 2010 - Here at last - Machu Picchu

We didn't give many secrets away yesterday with the almost-distant views of Macchu Picchu from the Sun Gate. But now we're in Machu Picchu retracing yesterday's descent back up to the Incan farm cottages adjoining the vegetable terraces and finally into the main temples and priest houses that make up this magnificent site. Can't really get enough of the feeling here - other than being totally awe-struck for 100% of the time. Every turn, every corner, every stone and every engineering and spiritual process that went into this creation leaves...

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May 29, 2010 - Arrival at Aguas Calientes

Letters to Home: "Hey guys! Yesterday, we met up in the kitchen around 6:30am, I had some coca tea, grabbed a roll to eat later, and we brought only a daypack for the trip to Aquas Calientes (“hot water”), and Machu Picchu. The bus picked us up around 7:30am and we had beautiful views of the mountains and glaciers. Around 10am, we arrived in a town called Urubamba, and we switched buses around 11am to take us to the train station. There were some ruins in the mountains, and “Elvis” was painted on many of the buildings we drove passed....

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Drifter Diaries

May 14, 2010 - Aguas Calientes

Little by little we inch closer to Machu Picchu. We left Ollantaytombo this morning for Aguas Caliente on a journey that was a little more adventure than we exepected. The heavy rains back in February (that closed Machu Picchu for a while) wiped out sections of the rail line to Aguas Calientes, the town at the base of the ruins. So our trip this morning started not with boarding the train, as we expected, but getting in a mini-van for a 30 minute ride to the town of Piscacucho where we would transfer to the train. Figuring out exactly which...

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Jun 1, 2009 - Machu Picchu / Aguas Calientes

We are exhausted. Just got back from Machu Picchu! Ok... yesterday... The day started at 5AM after a night of Karen spazzing out that we would not be able to take the train because we did not exchange our eTicket at the train station in Cusco before going to the train station in Poroy where we would be catching the train. Then she saw that the tickets said we could only take 5Kgs, so we decided to repack everything in to a small bag to bring up here. At the train station we found out that the website had not been updated, and there was in...

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