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South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu October 26th 2015

Um uns an die Höhe von ca. 3400 Metern über dem Meeresspiegel zu gewöhnen, blieben wir vier Tage in Cucso, bevor wir die große Wanderung zum Machu Picchu antraten. Cusco ist eine sehr schöne Stadt in Peru. Sie hat ca. 500.000 Einwohner. Überall gibt es alte Gebäude, Kirchen und Plätze. Es ist eine sehr gemütliche Stadt von den Häusern her, der Verkehr ist eher anstrengend und laut. Unser Hostel Mallqui hatte eine perfekte Lage, nicht ganz im Zentrum aber auch nicht zu weit außerhalb. Wir konnten sehr gut alles zu Fuß erreichen. Wir haben uns auch jeder eine Massage, für umgerechnet 15 Euro/Stunde, gegönnt. An jeder Ecke gibt es schöne Märkte, dort kann man Pullover, Mützen, Schals etc. aus Alpakawolle kaufen sowie alte Münzen und vieles mehr. Jeder möchte seine Waren anbieten, es ist schwierig an ... read more
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South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu October 20th 2015

I booked onto the 4D/3N Inca Jungle Trek with Inka Time Tours which is located up Calle Triunfo off Plaza de Armas to the right of the cathedral, toward the top of the street. I originally went them as my brother Rich had used them when he came to Peru & I took them being in business after 6yrs as a good sign. I did look around a few other agencies, but the only cheaper ones I found offered you less time in Machu Picchu. The tour cost me $240 for 4D including 3B/L/D, guide, transport, 3N accommodation, Machu Picchu ticket, Train ticket & bus back to Cuzco, biking, rafting & zip-lining. Day 1: My guide for the trek (Gerson or "Geoff") picked me up at my hostel & then collected the others before we got ... read more
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South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu August 14th 2015

Today was the day. All my hard work would pay off. We woke up at 3AM and were out of the hotel by 3:30AM. We walked 10 minutes to the bus station and were one of the first people in line. We chatted a bit with other people in line. The 2 people directly beside us were 2 Americans from Washington who were also teachers. People came through the line with offers of tea, coffee, snacks for sale. People gratefully bought them as it was a bit chilly waiting in line. Puma got there around 5AM and he had to buy his ticket because he had forgotten to do that last night. Before he got there a minor kerfuffle occurred in the line as groups tried to clump together and people got annoyed with people cutting ... read more
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South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu June 25th 2015

After many years of dreaming of visiting Machu Picchu we are almost there! However we took the easy option of getting there on the train from Cusco rather than the 4 day hike up the Inca trail. The journey here up to Aguas Caliente was amazing. As the train chugged slowly through the valley following the Urubamba river, vast mountains towered above us. The river rushed along tumbling over the rocky bed at great speed. Almost four hours later we arrived in Aguas Caliente, the little town that is the gateway to Machu Picchu. We have two nights here so our plan is to set off early tomorrow to see the sunrise and then explore the site itself. We spent this afternoon exploring the area, shopping in the craft market and visiting a butterfly farm. ... read more
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Stan and I waiting for Sunrise
The sun peeps over the mountain and lights up Huayna Picchu

South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu June 18th 2015

We have completed our pilgrimage to Machu Picchu. We opted for a 3 day trip, and the first day was a mountainous drive, then a downhill bike ride, and hotsprings in Santa Teresa. Second day was ziplining, a 3 hour walk along the railway to Aquas Caliente, a gorgeous walk, and we spotted a Cock of the Rock! The next morning we were up at 4, and hiked 1900 stairs up to the Machu Picchu gates. After a tour, and the sunrise!!! we also climbed Machu Picchu mountain. Needless to say, the long walk down was painful. Machu Picchu is everything people say it is. Stunning, impressive, humbling. Also, no shade, no facilities inside the gates, and the entire site is stairs, and climbing up and down, so you need your health, and small children were ... read more
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South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu June 12th 2015

This update includes also the impressions of Cara that you can find at the end of my update. So this time you get a double treat. I hope you enjoy…. Machu Picchu, the lost city of the Incas. One of the new seven wonders of the world, a place where most people want to go but can only dream about. And I was lucky enough to have stepped foot into this amazing place for the second time after my first visit in 1982. And it is a place that still has a magic that I cannot explain. So here is what happened at this trip. Ever since I have visited Machu Picchu in 1982 I was dreaming to come back to this place. It was the place I mentioned first when people asked me what the ... read more
On the way to Machu Picchu in style
On the way to Machu Picchu
On the way to Machu Picchu in style

South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu June 2nd 2015

Our trek had come to an end, and tired, happy and undoubtedly a little bit smelly, we made our way in the van to Ollantaytambo. Here we boarded the train for Aguas Calientes, the small town at the foot of the imposing mountains hiding and sheltering Macchu Picchu. We were all very excited, and it wasn’t just the prospect of a hot shower. We were finally going to see one of the most iconic and recognisable sights in South America We met for dinner in a local restaurant but hiking had made us tired so it wasn’t a late night. This was a good thing, as yet again, it was an early start, we had places to be and we were aiming for the 6.00am bus up the hill. There were many surprises in store for ... read more
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Contemplating Macchu Picchu
The rock is formed in the shape of the mountains

South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu April 30th 2015

When Emperor Pachacuit Inka announced around 1450 that his people needed a new city to link the Andes and the Amazon and set forth his city planners and real estate agents to find the perfect place, few can agrue about the impressiveness of the result. Machu Picchu has a truly impressive location, and whoever climbed those mountains to find its future site I hope received a promotion! We hiked into the scared city by the Salcantay Trail, which lucky for us can still be done independently though I doubt this will last too much longer. The 4 day trek had some beauitful scenery, but its what lies at the trail end that is truly remarkable. Machu Picchu has been constructed on the dizzying slopes overlooking the Rio Urubamba, wherever you stand in the ruins, spectacular terraces ... read more
Beauitful quiet morning
Lama enjoying breakfast at sunrise
Starting our climb up

South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu April 23rd 2015

Nick: "If you want to save a few quid, go to Machu Picchu" said no-one, ever...cheap it ain't. Still, it would be pretty daft to come all the way to Peru and not go and see the world famous Inca city, and we had picked up our tickets during our first day in Cusco, prior to our jaunt into the rainforest. A good thing too, since visitors to the site are reportedly restricted to 2500 a day (which is still clearly quite a few) and with an enormous demand the chances of simply turning up and getting in would be slim to none. Simply getting to Machu Picchu takes a fair bit of arranging; the ruins are primarily accessed via an adjoining town, Aguas Calientes, located a good way from Cusco. Given the popularity of the ... read more
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6:30am at Machu Picchu!
Falling for Machu Picchu

South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu April 10th 2015

We traveled to Machu Picchu from Cusco by bus from the Wanchaq train station to the Pachar train station in the Sacred Valley then by train to Aguas Calientes. We bought our tickets online from Peru Rail which runs a very efficient operation. There are Peru Rail offices all over Cusco, if you do not have a ticket when you get here you can buy them in Cusco. There are three types of trains, Expedition, cheapest, Vistadome midrange and Belmond Hiram Bingham the most expensive. We took the Vistadome which has windows on the ceiling for great views. We booked a room for three nights in Aguas Calientes. We could have stayed two nights and caught the train back to Cusco a day earlier. Many people hike to Machu Picchu on the Inca Trail, if you ... read more
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