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South America » Peru » Cusco » Aguas Calientes March 17th 2017

Suzanne here... Originally we'd planned to do the Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu. But the more we looked into it, the more we went off the idea. It seemed like hard work, and very basic accommodation. Yes, we had the same thing on the Inle trek in Burma. But there the trek itself was the whole point. Whereas here, visiting Machu Picchu was the main event. In the end we decided that a visit to MP after a decent nights sleep in a hotel sounded nicer than visiting after a three day trek. The train journey from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes was stunning. Expensive though, at £85 each for a 60k round trip (our last journey of a similar distance had cost £2.50). We'd read that the Vistadome train was worth the extra money, but ... read more
Train journey from Ollantaytambo to MachuPicchu Pueblo/Aguas Calientes
Train journey from Ollantaytambo to MachuPicchu Pueblo/Aguas Calientes
Train journey from Ollantaytambo to MachuPicchu Pueblo/Aguas Calientes

South America » Peru » Cusco » Aguas Calientes November 23rd 2016

Woo hoo tomorrow we will be going to Machu Pichu ! I enjoyed our time in Cusco . The plaza and the monstrous buildings are a sight to behold . The Spanish continued the process of destroying the culture of the Incas in grand style . The churches are by and large built on the sites of the Inca temples often using the fountain and the stone quarried by the Incas.. They had come to realize that the construction used was earthquake proof . The Incas had dug down into the rock @ 6 feet and filled it with small rocks and sand . This acted as a cushion that could absorb the shock waves of a quake. Mind you it also helped that the stones they used weighed a massive amount . Tons in some ... read more

South America » Peru » Cusco » Aguas Calientes June 7th 2016

Day 1 An early start as we take the train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes. The train stops on the way to allow people to get off to do the one day Inca Trail hike. I'm gutted to miss the chance of doing this trail. The permits for this hike are restricted to 200 tourists a day and, despite booking my trip four months in advance, it was not good enough for visiting Machu Picchu at the start of the peak season. Although I missed out on one of the best hikes in the world, the train still at least offers impressive scenery views of the Scared Valley. Once we arrive at Aguas Calientes and check-in at the hotel we have plenty of free time to explore this small town. The town gets it's Spanish name ... read more
Bienvenido
Yellow ball of fire
Truly a magical place

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 November 2nd 2014

This morning we left the peaceful town of Ollantaytambo to make our way to the town of Aguas Calientes, the gateway to Machu Picchu. Rivelino had arranged for some moto-taxis to take us from the hotel to the train station for our 9:00am departure. The ride into Aguas Calientes only took about 2 hours as we rode through some incredibly scenic jungle scenery. About halfway through the ride, the train had stopped to drop off those who were going on the multi-day Inca Trail hike. Kevin had signed up for a one day trek on this trail so he was let off here and would meet us in town later that evening. In retrospect if I had this trip to do over again, I probably would have opted to do the multi-day hike on the Inca ... read more
Train to Aguas Calientes
Ruins Seen From the Train Ride
Train Ride to Aguas Calientes

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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