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Lunch at Machu Picchu Sanctuary

Here is the appetizer I had. The bright yellow is mashed potatoes.

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Machu Picchu to Cuzco

sunny 19 °C

Today was our last walk through Machu Picchu.  It started off cloudier than it had been either day we had been there and it was another wonderful experience in this wonderful land seeing the clouds cover the mountains and then move past. Amazing!!

After we said goodbye to Machu Pichu, we had another fantastic lunch.  This time in Aguas Calienties. We then walked through a market by the train station which was very touristy after which we got on the train for a 2 hour trip back to Ollantaytambo.  It was an interesting ride.  After cleaning up from the snack they provided, they cranked up the music and there was an individual dressed a bird costume that did a dance down the ailse. Then there was a fashion show with clothes made from alpaca hair they were selling.  When we went up on the train it was cloudy and rainy, but today it is sunny making it a very pretty ride.

From Ollantaytambo we took an 1 1/2 hour ride to Cuzco and our hotel the Hotel Monasterio. It is a beautiful place and I wish we were staying another day here.

Tomorrow is a day of travel for us. We get up very early to catch a morning flight to Lima and then have a 3 hour layover until our flight to Quito.

Peru is a wonderful country and I hope we can come back some day.

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Machu Picchu

Second Day

sunny 18 °C

Today we got up at 5:30 am and stood in line for tickets to Huayna Picchu.  We just had to walk out of our hotel to get in line, but if you wanted to get there before the first bus (which left Aguas Calientes at 5:30 am) and were not staying at our hotel you needed to hike about 1hour up the hill, which many people did.  When the line started moving we noticed that people had their park tickets and that was what was being stamped for entry to the hike but we did not have our ticket.  When it was our turn I told them that our guide had our ticket so they stamped yesterday's.  Troy was nervous about how this would work because only 2 groups of 200 people are allowed to hike on any given day.  As we left the line and went back to our room the buses came and the line got very long.

About ten minutes after we got back in the room, the phone rang.  It was the front desk telling us that they have our ticket and the line was very long so we would need to go right away to get in line.  We told him that I had gotten the stamp on yesterday's ticket and he said that would work.

We met our guide Catarina at 9:30 am and she walked us over to where the Huayna Picchu hike started.  People coming back from the first group of 200 had very big welts so we promptly put on bug spray.  We left Troy and Adrian in line and then began our walk to the Sun Gate.  The Sun Gate is located 2,600 meters above sea level on the south east flank of Machu Picchu mountain.  The grade was about 45 degrees with some large rocks to climb up.  The views were spectacular.  We could see the road we came up with all the switch backs, we could also see Aguas Calientes as well as Machu Picchu.  Along the way we saw beautiful flowers, butterflies, some poisonous spiders as well as a centipede like you never saw before.  He was about 6 inches long and 1/4 inch round and he was all black with red feet.  There was also a llama on our path.  In contrast, Troy's hike was a vertical climb up to about 2,540 meters.

After the hike we had another fantastic lunch.  Peruvian's know how to cook, they have over 300 varieties of potatoes and the few we have tried are very tasty.  They also serve several starches with a meal so it is normal to have both rice and potatoes with a meal.  After lunch and a brief rest we went back into the park to see more of the sites.

Tomorrow is our last day here.  We will do one more walk around the ruins and then head down for lunch.  Then we will take the train to Ollantaytambo and then a car back to Cuzco where we will spend the night.

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Machu Picchu

First Day

all seasons in one day 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.  

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Machu Picchu

Our first view

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