27.04.2011 17 °C
Today we headed off to Machu Picchu. We left our hotel around 9:00 am and the driver took us to Ollantaytambo to catch the train, but before we headed out we walked around the city. The Inca people were amazing! The architecture of the houses and aqueducts used to move the water was before their time. People are still living in the houses. They live with gineau pigs in their house. They are not pets, but a food source. We then stopped by a Peruvian school to give the children pens that Teri had brought. They were 5 years old and very cute. Some of the girls were shy and would put their head down when We came by to hand them the pen but other children held out there hands to take the pen and they had big smiles on their faces. It was remarkable to see and as most know I don't even like children. Before we left they sang us a song.
From there we went to the train station to catch the train to Aquas CalientesIt which brought is to the edge of the rain forest. It was a beautiful ride with many things to se. Once in town it was a short walk to catch the bus that would take us to Machu Picchu. 12 switchbacks and about 25 minutes later we were at our hotel and Machu Picchu.
After lunch the sun came out and we took our first walk to see the ruins. It was truly amazing! It is much larger than the pictures depict and again the architecture is spectacular.
I am so happy that we are staying up at the Machu Picchu Sanctuary hotel, I can't imagine having to go up and down the switchbacks every day. Tomorrow we get up at 5:30 am to get Troy and one other person on our trip a ticket to go up to Huayna Picchu. I am passing on this hike as the vertical climb back down seems to be a little too much for me. Instead, Teri and I are going with our guide up to the Sun Gate. We will be at a higher elevation than Troy, but the incline is less steep.