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South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu August 13th 2014

We wanted to go to Machu Picchu cheaply and at late notice so decided to go by public transport. This is a blog on how we did it. TO AGUAS CALIENTES 1. First we tried to buy admission tickets to Machu Picchu from the Ministry of Culture in Cusco town. They are located just off Avenue Cultura, down a small street (the first right after the petrol station). There are 3 different tickets available: The first includes climbing Huaynapicchu and is S/150, the second includes climbing Montana Machu Picchu and is S/140 and thirdly general admission only for S/126. We asked about tickets including climbing Machu Picchu but they were sold out for the next 9 days! We then tried to buy general admission tickets however they wouldn't sell them to us because we didn't have ... read more
Quillabamba Terminal
Colectivos waiting in Santa Maria
Starting the Walk

South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu August 9th 2014

I booked my trip in Cusco (Agency- Qory llacta). It was a 4 days/3 nights tour. I would totaly recommend this tour, but notthe agency! The first day we went by van to Abra de Malagas. From there started our adventure. We were riding (nearly) all the time downhill, from a high of bit more than 4000 meters to a high of aprox. 1500 meters. It was really awesome. You feel like you are flying and the view was amazing. Then we arrived in Santa Maria, a really small town. The next day in the morning we started our day with a rafting tour. It lasted 1 and a half hour. It was the first time I was making it and wondered that I didn´t fell into the water :P After the rafting we started our ... read more

South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu August 8th 2014

Today, Friday, was our day to visit Machu Picchu. This Incan settlement is one of the seven wonders of the world, and it did not disappoint! The exact purpose of the place and even it's age are not known. And it's not exactly an obvious place to build a town. There are the remains of around 200 houses on the site thought to have housed about 1000 people in the 15th century. What is really amazing is that this huge complex was built at the top of a very large and steep mountain, in a way that it can't be seen from the valley below. When the Spanish conquistadors were beating up the Incans in the 16th century they never even found this place! An American explorer and archeologist called Hiram Bingham re-discovered Machu Picchu in ... read more
Peru Rail

South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu August 4th 2014

Clou du voyage a Cuzco : le superbe Machu Pichu !!! Sur les recommandations de Leonardo, un bon copain de Sara (merci encore Leo!), nous avons évité une des innombrables agences de la ville et nous avons décidé de faire le tour 'by car' (en gros on n'a pas pris le train super cher qui nous aurait fait gagner plusieurs heures de voyage). Départ de Cuzco en petit van pour 6 heures de route de montagne non asphaltée et tortueuse pour faire une centaine de kms!!! Arrivée à 'Hydroelectrica' (centrale électrique hydraulique de la vallée du Machu Pichu). Puis 3 heures de marche en suivant les voies du train pour arrivée à Aguas Calientes ('eaux chaudes' : le Machu Pichu village), petit village qui vit exclusivement du tourisme, passage obligatoire avant de monter au Machu Pichu. ... read more
 Arrivée à l'Hidroeléctrica / llegada a la Hidroeléctrica
 Le train qu'on ne prendra pas / el tren que no tomaremos
 On est prêts!

South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu July 31st 2014

As we arrived in Cusco there was so much to see and do! Cusco was such an amazing city; the proximity to the Sacred Valley makes it the best place to stay when you are making your way to Machu Picchu. There was a great flea market close to our hotel (Eco Inn)where we were able to pick up souvenirs at great prices. Also, a small grocery store where we could buy our bottled water (necessity) for a really good price. While I loved our time in Cusco (and the surprise parade we ran into while exploring the city) what I really loved was the time we spent in the Sacred Valley. I honesty wish we would have allowed for one extra day for the Sacred Valley. Even though we were able to see most of ... read more
Outside our hotel
Flea Market

South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu July 29th 2014

We arrived in Cusco early in the morning after a night bus from Arequipa. Unfortunately our room wasn't ready as it was only 6am. We wandered around Cusco and found a place for breakfast before sitting in the Plaza de Armas and people watching until a more respectable hour and we could check in. We walked up the hill to the Saqsayhuamán (sexywoman), an Inca site of both religious and military significance. Unfortunately only 20% of the original site remains as after the Spanish conquest they removed many of the stones and used them to build houses in Cusco. The majority of what is left is made out of huge stones that the Spanish probably couldn't move and were too big for house building. We booked onto the Inca Jungle Trek to make our way to ... read more
Covered in protection and ready to ride
Double Superman
Overlooking Machu Picchu

South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu June 18th 2014

Despite rolling back our start time to a seemingly reasonable 8:30am, we were still rushed getting a quick breakfast and getting out the door. The tour bus appeared in front of the hotel, right on time, and took us up the seemingly endless series of steep switch-backs to Machu Picchu. The bus was outfitted with a display, visible to all of the passengers, showing the bus speed, which only reinforced Sonia’s concern that we were going too fast. The narrow dirt road, carved into the steep hillside, generally lacks guard rails and with the large number of tourists visiting the site, there were frequent encounters with buses descending the hill necessitating pulling to the very edge of the road. We made it safely to the top, acquired a pocked guide book and were on our way. ... read more
Andrew Looking the Worse for Wear
Beautiful Andes
Andrew's First Attempt at Self-Sacrifice

South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu June 6th 2014

Die Zeit vergeht unglaublich schnell! Doch wird sind immer noch unterwegs und haben es nun auch geschafft einen weiteren Reisebericht zu veröffentlichen. Peru! Ein faszinierendes Land in der Mitte des Kontinents. Geprägt wurde das Land vor allem von den Inkas, welche zwischen dem 12 und dem 15 Jahrhundert in Peru herrschten. Diese Hochkultur erstreckte ihre Macht zwischen Ecuador und Chile aus und unzählige Ruinen aus dieser Zeit sind immer noch zu besichtigen. Leider ist die Landung der Spanischen Streitkräfte auch mit dem schnellen Ende der Inkas gleichzusetzen. Unzählige Städte und Tempel der Inkas wurden vernichtet und neue spanisch geprägte Städte gebaut. Als Zeichen der Unterdrückung und der Überlegenheit der Spanier wurden oft katholische Kathedralen direkt auf die Inkatempel gebaut!! Die wunderschöne Stadt Cuzco ist das beste Beispiel dazu. Beeindruckende Kathed... read more

South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu June 2nd 2014

“Accept that cars aren’t necessary and that some meals take hours, that we can now fly to space, that there’s nothing wrong with crashing on couches if you’re on an adventure, that three outfits are enough, that sunrises are free, that the first time you see Machu Picchu it will break your heart, that being alone in a country with no money and no return ticket will teach you more about yourself than any therapist ever could.” - Aric S. Queen Today was the day the day we see everything what we came here for- Machu Picchu. We go down 1000 altitude today to visit the site. Our alternative itinerary which involved no hiking or 10000 steps is a car to Ollantambo a train to Agua Calientas also known as Macchu Pucchu town. that's because we ... read more

South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu May 27th 2014

I have been so busy over the last few weeks it seems hard to find the time to catch up on my blogs! Only a week to go hence I´m trying frantically to finish them now so I´m not writing them a month after I get back home haha. When I was in Cusco, I thought I was just going to get the train to Machu Picchu. When I heard how much it would be, I just thought it would be a waste of money to spend so much for just one day. I decided instead to find a trek. I knew the Inka Trail would be sold out as you have to book it months in advance so I started looking at other options. I talked to some people in my hostel and they told ... read more
4500 metres up in the clouds
Fresh coffee beans!
What a beautiful view!

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