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... the way.
The only stop on the way was at Ollantaytambo, 2 hours from our departure time. From there it took us another 90 min to arrive to Aguas Calientes.
The area around this train station was a huge souvenir market, we avoided it this time and rushed through to get to the bus stop as it looked like it was going to rain and we wanted to at least have the classic M.P. photo taken.
After asking for ...
7th - 10th December: Machu Picchu Jungle Trek
10th - 11th December: Cusco
We got picked up from our hostel & joined our group which was 6 total for day 1 then we met 4 others at the end of day 2. We set out on an about a 2hr drive to the starting point of the mountain biking - Habra Malaga at 4600m above sea level. We got kitted out with our gear and hit the road. A bit nerve wracking at the beginning with drops off the side of the ride, windy ...
... you could see the glint off the tops of farmhouses that were roughly at the same altitude as us. I can't imagine having to hike up and down a few times a week to go to school, get groceries etc. It's pretty crazy to think that that's how some people make their way of life. The final ascent of the day was a long open, winding trail up to Dead Woman's Pass, named for as the rock formation looks like the shape of a woman lying on her back ...
... from the 16 century colonial and post colonial city (16 blocks are UN listed). This included: Plaza de Mayo, Plaza San Martin, Plaza de Armas (presidential palace, offices, executive clubs, public buildings mainly early 20th century in new-colonial style). We then moved on to San Francisco church, a monastery with bone filled catacombs. Very morbid. A small amphitheatre in the park was packed with people dancing and locals were dancing in the street the following morning ...
... to dance with us while a local musician played on the accordion. These people work extremely hard. So hard in fact that when they have time to work as a porter on the inca trail, it's a kind of vacation for them because they have time off during the day! I'm not sure this can be true. Apparently the only day they have off during the year is a half day, on their birthday. Religious holidays aren't really celebrated. Apparently if you asked most people they would say they are catholic ...
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