- Leave to Machu Picchu aboard the Hiram Bingham train 9:05am arriving @ 12:24pm
- On board we will have brunch, cocktails & unlimited drinks
- Bus ride from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu & tour the citadel by English/Spanish guide
- Afternoon tea & hor's deorves at Machu Picchu hotel
- Depart from Machu Picchu @ 5:50pm & arrive in Cusco by 9:16pm
|Mountain with clouds|
|Local farmers market|
|Clouds rolling in|
|More Mountains with Clouds|
Once we arrived at Machu Picchu we were given a guide who led us to a bus, which then brought us up a long, winding road to the base of Machu Picchu. The road was muddy and stones made up most of it. It is a narrow road so when a 2nd bus needs to pass, it's a tight squeeze to say the least. There aren't any guardrails so if you slip, you're dead as you fall all the way down.
Machu Picchu is 8,000ft above sea level. We began our guided tour learning about the Inca's life. The theories behind what they believe was done in the ruins. It is just amazing to see such ancient ruins in wonderful shape, in their true beauty. It was raining as we started the tour, but not enough to soak us. Thankfully! We walked in and out of the ruins going further and further up. No railings, just what the Inca's made. By the time we made it to the highest point, it had stopped raining. It got really hot! We saw some animals, which to me, looked like squirrels at first, but then they looked like rabbits with tails. Not sure exactly what they are. The tour guide didn't give me an appropriate response. Just said it was a rodent. (I now know they were chinchillas!) Once the tour was over we were given 10 minutes to explore ourselves. So Osa and I headed off towards the absolute highest point as Chancho headed down to the restaurant and Chile went off in another direction. Once Osa and I got to the most scenic spot we were so winded it felt like I ran 20 miles. The view was stunning, nothing like I've ever seen. It took my breath away, literally. We trekked back down to meet llamas and alpaca. Took some pictures and then headed quickly to the restaurant to have some finger foods.
Back on the Hiram Bingham for another 4 course meal. We sat for about 40 minutes watching a Peruvian band play some music until our food was ready. The plan was to go out to the bars once we arrived back in Cusco, but we were way too tired.
|Our table on board the Hiram Bingham|
|Our Menu for Lunch|
|Kids playing on the tracks|
|Our rings - Chancho's idea|
|View from the highest point|
This has been by far the best day yet and it's only day 3.
New foods I've tried so far:
Alpaca Smoked with mint: Not Good
Leak Soup: Pretty Good
Duck: Good (sandwich meat)
Cocoa Leaf Tea: Good
Quote of the Day: "You'll seldom experience regret for anything that you've done. It is what you haven't done that will torment you. The message, therefore, is clear. Do it! Develop an appreciation for the present moment. Seize every second of your life and savor it. Value your present moments. Using them up in any self-defeating ways means you've lost them forever." -Wayne Dyer