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Oct 17, 2017 - Ollantaytambo to Aqua Calliente

On Tuesday morning we set out on foot about 8 am to the other side of town where there is an old fortress and barracks up on the mountain side. It was sunny and nice outside, but not too hot, a great day for a climb! We felt like mountain goats as we made our way up, pausing occasionally to catch a breath. The fortress ruins were well worth the effort though, and the view was also spectacular! After our excursion we wandered the narrow streets of the town for awhile. Peeking into a courtyard where the usual tourist stuff was for sale, we...

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Peru - October 2017

Jan 28, 2017 - Peru - Jan. 22- 29/17

Peru – January 22 – Jan 29, 2017 After a long day of traveling from the Galapagos to Peru (3 planes and a 2-hour car trip, and Thom suffering all the previous night with traveller’s tummy and bummy….lol), we landed in Cusco and then traveled by van arriving in the Sacred Valley at the Arwana Hotel and were delivered to a beautiful suite (or so we thought), unpacked and settled in. The property was gorgeous, but our suite was fraught with issues from minor to major (no heat, no toiletries, burned out light bulbs, broken safe, running toilet...

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May 24, 2016 - Machu Picchu and then back to Cusco

Another early morning some breakfast at the hostal, checked out leaving a small bag at front desk it is off for the shutlle bus to Machu Picchu I get to the station at 6:30 and the line for the bus is two blocks long wow, it takes almost a hour to get on a bus heading for the top. Lots of bus heading to there ona very winding dirt road so lots of dust, got to the top and into Machu Picchu walked around by passing all the tour groups make it all the way around before it time to check in at the gate hiking to Montana ( Machu Picchu mountain)...

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South America 2016

May 23, 2016 - heading to Machu Picchu

Up early this morning checked out of hotel moved bags to new hotel then got a taxi to Poroy to get on the Vistadome train to Aguas Calientes. It was a ride of 4 hours with a stop in Ollantaytambo to pick up more travelers, then on to Aguas Calientes this is the town below Machu Picchu a small town but filled with hikers, and tourists all going or coming from Machu Picchu so a very busy place. Was a great ride on the train with table cloths and a light meal on the way to the town and great views of the country side. Got into town found my...

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South America 2016

Sep 17, 2015 - Machu Picchu!!

Thursday. The Sprite (and 24 hours) must have done the trick as Jef feeling better this morning. It was another early morning--up at 5:30am--to get to breakfast by 6. Jef was able to eat something and that helped a bit too. We leave the Hotel Augusto today and will stay at a hotel in Machu Picchu tonight. Our driver, Mr Abraham, and Condor rep, Ernesto, picked us up at 7am; we were the only ones in the car for the drive to Ollantaytambo where we'd pick up the train. The drive took about 30 minutes; we arrived in time to be 30 minutes early...

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Aug 19, 2015 - Machu Picchu and Aquas Calientes

So after our brief visit - just passing through - to Machu Picchu yesterday, today was the day to see it properly. So once again with our trusted guide Edgar, we stood in line for the bus back up yo Machu Picchu, the bus from Aquas Calientes takes about 25 minutes and traverses 13 hairpin bends to get to the gate of Machu Picchu. It is really hard to describe the sheer magnificence of the place - and remember that it is over 500 years old. As with many things these days, there are obviously a lot of tourists, but we were able to find some...

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Jul 7, 2015 - Machu Picchu - A wonder of the World

Waking at 3.30am!!!! It Maccu Piccu day, I can't believe after booking the trip in January and talking about it when I went travelling almost 3 years ago - the day has finally come round. By 4.30, the camp was gone and we sat on the floor in the dark until 5.30, telling ghost stories - pretty surreal. Reason being, the porters have to get the first train back to the town at 5.30 so everything has to be put away. But a check-point we have to pass through doesn't open until 5.30am. at which time we started our final hike to the SunGate to get...

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May 3, 2015 - MACHU PICCHU

Machu Picchu is as amazing as everyone believes. The Incas only survived 100 years but they developed a civilization much like the Romans. Miles of Inca roads and most of the Pacific area from the North to the South of South America. Spain finally defeated them. But even before their arrival they were in decline. European diseases were rampant from Central America's contact with Europeans. Also two Inca brothers fought for control, destroying a lot of the engineering feats without the help of the Spanish Conquerors. It is not an easy ruin...

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May 2, 2015 - Aguas Calientes, Peru near Machu Picchu

We left Urubamba at noon with beautiful blue skies and weather so warm short sleeves were all we needed. From here we took a train to Aguas Calientes. This is the closest you can get to Machu Picchu. The only road goes about half way to Agues Calientes and ends where the Inca Trail begins for hikers. Otherwise you take the train. The town is nothing special. Lots of shops for inexpensive, typical items to buy for souvenirs But the river flowing through is amazing. My hotel the Santuario is near the end of the town and across from the river....

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Jan 4, 2015 - Machu Picchu

Another 4:00am alarm although we didn’t jump out of bed until 4:30am. Hopefully this is the last super early morning this trip! Christophe was waiting to make our eggs for breakfast and we ate as much as we could manage this early in the day. We walked up to the bus station for Machu Picchu and to our surprise there were at least 300 people ahead of us in line! Who would have thought so many people would be up this early. I waited in line to purchase the bus tickets and then found out that the entrance tickets to Machu Picchu had to be...

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Jun 29, 2014 - Trekking and Machu Picchu - Peru

Our last entry was from Cusco where we were preparing for our trek. On Tuesday 24th June we had an early start to avoid the celebrations that were taking place all around and our bus took us to a number of Inca ruins and a textile workshop. The Inca structures have amazing stone work where their walls are made of rocks that have multiple sides but fit perfectly. The size and weight of some of these rocks required some very serious effort to get them into place as they didn't have the wheel to rely on and only a roller system. We finished...

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Jun 26, 2014 - 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...

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