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

Geo: -13.1583, -72.5314On Wednesday morning we left Cusco by bus at 6am. We had a two hour drive through Urubamba to Ollayantambo to catch the train to Mach Picchu. The train arrived at 8-20am and we left for our one and a half hour trip through the valley alongside the Urubamba River. The train was very comfortable with viewing windows in the roof. as well as large windows. We were serve breakfast. This consisted of cactus fruit, melons, Quinoa pancakes with blueberry sauce and a warm spinach pastry. We also had coffee. The scenery was stunning. Apart from the roaring river the tall mountains and green hillsides were very attractive.We arrived in Machu Picchu about 10am. From the station we had a short walk to our hotel, Inkaterra. This is a fantastic place. It is an ... read more
On board our carriage
Our room at Inkaterra

South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu February 28th 2014

23 February 2014 – Sunday – Lima to Cusco, Peru We decided to fly to Cusco from Lima instead of taking the 20 hour bus ride; the flight was less than an hour! The buses were overnight so we would have seen very little scenery anyway. We arrived in Cusco and we met at the airport by a tour guide who works with our hostel. She spent most of the trip talking to us about trips on offer and was disappointed to learn that we had already made our arrangements to Machu Picchu and that we intended to spend the first day just wandering around Cusco on foot. The Hostal Qorikilla is located at the edge of the old city, slightly uphill, and has a very nice view out over the city from its fifth floor ... read more
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South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu December 27th 2013

at the moment i'm under the covers in room number 3 at the hostal corihuasi, a really bare bones but inexpensive establishment here in cusco. the city of cusco is the gateway here in peru for anyone planning to visit machu picchu. cusco was once the capital of the incan empire for over 400 years, from the 13th to the 16th century, but now in the 21st century there's free wi-fi everywhere you go, tons of cute little restaurants, some swank clothing stores, lots and lots of hotels and hippies, young and old, swarming the cobblestone streets. but instead of describing cusco, or the various, excruciating experiences i had yesterday just getting to machu picchu itself, i want to say something about the way i felt being there. machu picchu is a place that is always ... read more
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South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu December 10th 2013

One of the places we had looked forward to seeing, and one of our main reasons to returning to Peru a second time, is Machu Picchu. Although trashed by Madventures who we like a lot, we still wanted to see the most known Inca ruins of them all. As our travels are not that planned we decided to skip the Inca Trail option which you need to book several months in advance. Instead we decided to just take the train to Aguas Calientes (the closest town to Machu Picchu), stay the night there and visit the ruins the following morning. Already when we started to look at train tickets we realized that it would be an expensive trip. The tickets were starting at 60 US$ and going all the way to 350 US$. As there are ... read more
Ollantaytambo - the ruins
Ollantaytambo - the train to Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu - view from the train ride 2

South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu November 26th 2013

I woke and surfed... And Surfed... Frustration evaporation! The cool thing about Lima is that it is a huge city that lies right on the Ocean -angled well to get north and south swells. And as every surfer knows when you step into the raging Pacific Ocean: you step into wilderness. And leave that city! The rest of the town is a concrete jungle overrun with traffic; dirty, gritty & dangerous. Beautiful in its innocent industriousness. But I decided that natural beauty- NATURE and fresh air beckoned. That night I got on a plane to the mountains. Cuzco, the cradle of indigenous Peru. SURFTRAVELTIP #3 - Choose the "road less traveled" = Go Into The Wild. It was colder in Cuzco than the lowlands. I had to wear a jacket as it was near 18 centigrade ... read more
Fountain of Youth

South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu August 25th 2013

25 Aug Day 13: AguasCalientes – Machu Picchu - Cusco The day has arrived! There have been many special locations and events, some anticipated - seeing the Condors, spending time with the family at lake Titicaca - and some not totally expected - just how much I liked and enjoyed Arequipa - but for me getting to Machu Picchu was always the ultimate prize. So the day is here. Our itinerary reads: - "Early wake up at 04:00 am and after breakfast we need to wait at the Bus Terminal to get our bus. The first Bus to Machupicchu depart at 5:30am ( 8Hrs in Machupicchu). After 30 minutes of bus ride we are at the entrance of Machu Picchu ready for our guided visit, 3 hours guided tour with our expert tour guide, he will ... read more
Why move the rock.
The houses look good
Now that's a steep driveway

South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu August 24th 2013

C'est à 4h30 et dans le noir que nous partons de l'hôtel. Nous arrivons tout excités aux portes du pont permettant d'accéder aux marches menant au Machu Picchu. A 4h55, les portes s'ouvrent : nous sommes fin prêts pour commencer l'ascension des 1600 marches qui nous attendent. Malgré le froid et la pluie, on sue comme des porcs ! Arrivés devant l'entrée (avant les 1ers bus!), nous devons patienter quelques minutes. Lorsque nous pénétrons enfin dans l'enceinte du site, gros smile en voyant les 1ers murs. Quelques marches de plus, et le Machu Picchu s'offre à nous. Epoustouflant ! Nous profitons du spectacle et savourons le moment. Après quelques photos, nous partons faire un tour du côté du pont de l'Inca, d'où nous voyons l'autre côté de la vallée. En revenant, la pluie commence à tomber, ... read more
 C'est parti pour 1600 marches
 On y est !

South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu August 24th 2013

The Power Of The Mind With Limited Oxygen – A Personal Reflection. Author Sue We accomplished the Inca Trail Trek!!! – Keith, Kathy, Jamie and Sue Starting out on a dream of a lifetime, the unknown the mystery of the journey saw us leave our safe haven in Cusco. That is, a warm comfortable bed; flushing toilet; hot showers and connection to the world and its daily events. Backpacks on backs with minimal clothing and extra water we descend to the Sacred Valley to meet our porters and organize bedding. The rush of excitement carries us past villages, children playing and blowing whistles thanks to Ja... read more
Inca Trail View
A Breather

South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu August 4th 2013

4/8/2013: Got of the bus really early in the morning, found a hostel called "Point" for 28 the first night and 22 the next night. We brushed our teeth and a guy came in to take some drugs and left again so we concluded that it was a party hostel. After some sleep we got up and took a shower and had some breakfast. Later we used the wi-fi and got all of the things done we couldn't in Bolivia and skyped a little. Then we went for a walk, booked a tour to Valle Sagrada and had lunch at Plaza de Armas. In the evening we walked around a small market and Plaza San Fransisco and bought some more gifts. Then we went for dinner at an "italian" restaurant, a little dissapointing food - guess ... read more
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South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu July 20th 2013

Machu pitchu !! By Laura! We've had this trip booked for months because I knew I wanted to spend my birthday at Matchu pitchu. Looking on the Internet round at Mikes, I found this company called 'Lorenzo expeditions' on trip advisor and every single rating they had was 'excellent 5/5'. Sitting one night reading through all these reviews with Mike we got so excited and emailed the company and provisionally booked for the 18th June on a 4day and 3night 'inca jungle trail'. A bike ride on the first day then hikes through the jungle and along ancient inka trails until finally reaching Machu Pichu at the top. We arrived in Cusco on Father's Day and skyped my Dad and Mike's Dad Pete from the bus station whilst we waited for someone from the hostel we ... read more
Our view over Cusco whilst having breakfast
Party time

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