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Apr 28, 2008 - Day 15 Aguas Calientes
We start the day with the usual breakfast of bread, butter and coffee/juice and then we decide to explore Ollantaytambo. Jan decides to come along and we set out on our way. The guide book mentions a path going up the hill adjacent to the one where the main ruins are location. I am first thrown off course by the map which seems to have rotated everything around. This is explained once we realise that the problem has arisen due our hotel which has probably moved since the map in guide was drawn up. We were treating the hotel as a reference...Jump to full entry
Apr 20, 2008 - Aguas Calientes & Machu Picchu!
There are lots of ways to get to Machu Picchu: you can walk the Inca Trail (4 days, expensive, and being loved to death) or one of the alternative treks (4+ days & still expensive), you can take the train (4 hours - but still expensive!), or you can do as we did and sneak in round the back way by taking a local bus to Santa Marta (5 hours), then a van to Santa Teresa (2 hours - after a 2 hour wait cos there weren't enough passengers), then a car to a hydroelectric plant (another hour), and then walking the final 2 hours along the railway to...Jump to full entry
Mar 12, 2008 - By train from Aguas Calientes to Arequipa.
This journey was something else, and well worth travelling without any further purpose. Starting in Aguas Calientes ('Hot Springs'), we were welcomed and helped onto the train by two staff, and sat in our reserved, wide, comfortable seats admiring the view through panoramic windows reaching to the roof. Play the video below for views later in the journey.Jump to full entry
Feb 21, 2008 - Ollantaytambo to Aguas Caliente
This morning we had free time in Ollantaytambo...after breakfast we all headed into town to have a look around and shop before returning to meet Kike at the Lodge to get ready for our train journey to Aguas Caliente...when we returned, Kike advised us that due to a farmers strike in Cuzco province, the trains were being delayed and so we had more free time...some of us played a game called “Sapo” which involved throwing small brass discs at targets (holes in a tabletop) and counting points if you got the brass discs in the holes...the most...Jump to full entry
Sep 8, 2007 - Peru - Inca Trail
We were picked up early on the Saturday morning from Ollantaytambo to begin the four day trek along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. We had heard various stories about how beautiful (and difficult) the trail was but we were totally blown away by the stunning scenery and ruins along the way. We were also contantly amazed at the quality of the trail in some of the most remote and rugged terrain on the planet - the Incans certainly knew what they were doing! The first day was the most difficult as we walked 2/3 of the way up the highest pass...Jump to full entry
Aug 4, 2007 - MACHU PICHU!!!!
YA HEM ARRIBAT!!! De tant emocionats que estàvem, lo que en teoria s'havia de fer en 2 hores i pico, caminant de nit al principi, ho hem fet en poc més d'1 hora!! Anàvem a tota llet. La mare anglesa, que sempre era l'última, es va posar les piles i no hi havia manera d'agafar-la. Després de tants dies, caminar, i també patir, arribar al Machupichu ha estat molt emocionant. Hem estat tot el matí visitant la ciutat inka per excelència, a la tarda, hem baixat al poble d'aguas calientes ha fer-nos un bany en les seves aigües calentes. Sí, sí,...Jump to full entry
Feb 21, 2007 - Machu Picchu
Another 4:45 am start! This is getting ridiculous! Luckily, we have a relaxing 4 hour train ride with spectacular views on the way to the town of Aguas Calientes (which translates to hot water in English). We footed the extra cost and paid for the Vista Dome train, which has better views, nicer seats and food and beverage service. A nice treat! The town is directly on the banks of a raging river and is surrounded by huge domed mountains. We spend the rest of the day wandering around the small town and shopping in the local market. Feb....Jump to full entry
Oct 12, 2005 - Lares Inca Trail
The main reason we came to Peru was to visit Machu Picchu, the world famous Inca ruins. However, we're not the only ones - every day 500 people trek the Inca Trail to get there! Not surprisingly, the trek was fully booked for months in advance so we went for the alternative Lares trek, also following an Inca Trail, finishing at the amazing Machu Picchu. Little did we know that the 36km hike wouldn't be the only challenge we would face. Stolen luggage and avalanches would test us before the trip was over! Day 1 (9km) We were a little...Jump to full entry