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South America » Peru » Cusco » Aguas Calientes January 31st 2016

When I returned from Machu Picchu, I stopped first for lunch as I was starving. And thirsty! I picked a cute little restaurant which looked right out on to the river. I ordered a soda and a water, as well as a personal pizza and avocado vinegarette, the appetizer that I had the previous night that I just loved. Unfortunately, this was not nearly as good - it was smothered in a mayonnaise based dressing rather than a vinegarette. Yuck. Oh well, at least I got to check my email on the slow connection. Then I went next door to my hostel, where i had told the guy that morning I anticipated I would be back around 3. It took about ten minutes to get anyone to come see me at reception and even then, I ... read more
Aguas Calientes Main Square
Handicraft market
Love the drainage system here

South America » Peru » Cusco » Aguas Calientes December 18th 2015

Right now I'm sitting at a beautiful restaurant in the town of Aguas Calientes which is the starting point to get up to Machu Picchu. The area is beautiful with huge mountain scene that is incredibly green right now in the rainy season and a beautiful river raging through the town. Okay so just a little background on my situation here. I have been extremely sick with altitude sickness. and I just share that with you not to get any pity but just to let you know that these things happen. Sometimes you get lucky and sometimes you don't but that doesn't mean you don't do everything you can to enjoy your trip. So today I paid for a late departure at the hotel and then tried to get a little more sleep. And then it ... read more
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South America » Peru » Cusco » Aguas Calientes November 15th 2015

Z Cusca se dá na Machu Picchu dostat několika způsoby. První je dojít tam pěšky tzv. Inca trail. Jsou to tuším 3 dny skrz hory. Většina gringos si na cestu s sebou bere „průvodce“ s mulami, co za ně nesou všechny potřebné věci, postaví stany a uvaří jídlo před tím, než gringos dojdou do tábora. Druhý způsob je dlouhá cesta autobusem, pak track pěšky. To přijde údajně asi na něco přes 100 dolarů. Poslední způsob je dojet autobusem k vlaku a pak vlakem dojet do Agua Caliente, což je městečko pod Machu Picchu fungující téměř výhradně jako ubytovna turistů. Tato varianta má ještě dvě podvarianty. Inca train a Peru train. Inca train za 240 dolarů jede něco přes dvě hodiny a musí se k němu přes dvě hodiny jet autobusem. Peru train stojí asi 270 dolarů, ... read more
Machu Picchu
Vrcholek Nosu
Okolí Machu Picchu

South America » Peru » Cusco » Aguas Calientes September 20th 2014

Kelly and I were really hoping to sleep in today and then lay in bed for a few hours watching TV, but unfortunately our hotel had a 10am check out so our dreams were dashed. Instead we slept until 9am, quickly ate the continental breakfast and then stored our bags at reception so we could explore Aguas Calientes. Aguas Calientes lies in a deep gorge below Machu Picchu. A virtual island, it’s cut off from all roads and enclosed by stone cliffs, towering cloud forest, and two rushing rivers. Despite its gorgeous location, Aguas Calientes has always been a bit of a no-man’s land, with a large itinerant population, slack services that count on one-time customers and an architectural tradition of rebar and unfinished cement. Despite that however the city reminded me of a quaint Swiss ... read more
messing around
Snow capped mountain from the train
Peru Rail

South America » Peru » Cusco » Aguas Calientes September 18th 2014

Well the rain continued through the night so needless to say everything I own is wet. Today is the last day our chef is cooking for us so to celebrate that he baked us a cake for breakfast. It was a delicious white lemony cake with pink frosting. After the cake was served we were waiting for some actual breakfast food (aka eggs, toast, something) but apparently the cake was it! Nevertheless it was a great start to the day. After breakfast our group separated, two Germans did the hike and the rest of us went zip lining. Well I went with the zip lining group but I did not zip line. I woke up with my left knee still very swollen so I knew I would not be able to do the 3 hour hike, ... read more
Mountain Machu Picchu sits on
Old bridge
Looking good

South America » Peru » Cusco » Aguas Calientes September 6th 2014

Jeudi soir, j’ai passé ma première soirée à Cusco, chez Carlos, qui m’accueille sur place. Petite soirée tranquille à discuter, manger, et boire (devinez quoi !). Le lendemain, il m’a accompagné sur les hauteurs de Cusco et m’a aidé à organiser mon expédition au Machu Picchu. Finalement, comme je veux aussi monter sur Wayhna Picchu, la montagne qui domine le site, je pars le soir même pour Aguas Caliente, le point de départ de l’ascension du Machu Picchu. J’arrive assez tard, et je dors dans une auberge de jeunesse avec d’autres voyageurs couche-tard, pas très discrets. Mon réveil me venge à 4h15, et je pars à pied le plus tôt possible pour éviter l’afflux de touristes. C’est loupé, quand j’arrive, il y a déjà plus d’une centaine de personnes qui ont pris le bus pour monter. ... read more
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South America » Peru » Cusco » Aguas Calientes June 10th 2014

Rolled out of bed at 4:30, had a quick breakfast, and walked through dark Aguas to the shuttle that takes you 30 minutes up a giant mountain to the actual entrance to Machu Picchu. Since it was still dark when I arrived, I actually hiked about an hour to the actual mountain pass that once protected the ancient city. The gate at this pass is called Inti Punko, or the Sun Gate, and is the technical end to the Inca Trail that runs throughout the Sacred Valley. It's a wonderful spot, and sitting there in the dark, perched on a rock, smelling the cool jungle air, and watching the clouds slowly break as the sun came up was definitely the most awe-inspiring way to see Machu Picchu for the first time. The sun broke through and ... read more
Waiting for the Sun
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South America » Peru » Cusco » Aguas Calientes June 9th 2014

Up bright and early and opened my door to an incredibly clear and bright morning. It was beautiful - the mountains were glowing and it was a perfect 65 degrees or so. Everything just seemed to stand out in the sun. I started my day at the Ollantaytambo ruins just up the cobbled street (with a stream of mountain water running down the middle of it) near my hotel. This was the place the Inca made their great stand against the Spanish. They stood on the terraces and basically never gave the Spanish an inch. While this history is interesting, actually seeing and exploring the ruin requires basically walking right up the side of the mountain. You start at the bottom, climb past the terraces up over 200 stairs, until, at the very top, you have ... read more
A Nice Day
Mountain of the Moon
Climbing the Terraces

South America » Peru » Cusco » Aguas Calientes November 19th 2013

Spent two days in Ollantytambo, which is a beautiful Inca town in the sacred valley, at the foot of a fantastic Inca temple. They build all their stuff as high up the mountain as possible and the architecture and engineering is incredible. They were way ahead of Europeans in so many ways eg they had sussed that the world was round long before we did. Unfortunately they were a long way behind in military hardware so their stones and spears were no match for Spanish cannon! Or smallpox, also brought by the conquistadors. However their legacy has done wonders for Peruvian economy, not to mention t shirt and plastic condor sales! Ate my first guinea pig (Cuy) a couple of days ago and safe to say, it will be my last. It was orrible...... Crisp greasy ... read more
End of Inca Trail
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South America » Peru » Cusco » Aguas Calientes October 25th 2013

Hierher muss man, wenn man zu Machu Picchu will. Cusco liegt 3600 m hoch, AC viel tiefer - tropischer Wald mit freilaufenden Orchideen, zu MP faehrt man dann mit dem Bus etwa 700 m hinauf, eine steile Serpentinenstrecke. Die Anreise ist nur mit dem Zug moeglich, weil das Tal des Urubamba so schmal ist, dass einfach keine Strasse mehr Platz hat. Abfahrt 8.25, Ankunft 12.00, gute 100 km, es handelt sich also eher um eine beschauliche Angelegenheit. Peru Rail hat wunderbare Touristenwaggons mit hohen Fenstern, Fenster sogar im Dach (wegen der hohen Berge), es gibt Snacks und man kann Andenken kaufen., In Aquas Calientes (das bedeutet eigentlich Heisswasser) wurde ich in ein Hotel gebracht, und dann regnete es erst einmal. Ich zog mich zum Skypen zurueck und wackelte nach Regenende ins MP Museum, 1/2 Std Fussmarsch ... read more




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