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I stopped here as a spur of the moment decision on the way back from Aguas Calientes. What a great choice. This little town has a wealth of historic monuments both Inca & ancient & is set in mountains that look totally like the ones in Glencoe. I met several foreigners on my walks here who told me they had met a few other Scottish folk who …
... where there were views of the valley, and closer to the top I could start seeing ruins so I kept getting more and more excited. We got to the entrance of the ruins, where there is yet another overpriced cafe selling subpar foods, and we relaxed for about a half an hour before a small group of us took off on our second hike up Machu Picchu mountain which is much higher than the ruins that you'd recognize from pictures but has the most amazing view of the area. The Machu ...
... around the mountain peaks.
We finally reached the end of the trek and accomplished our goal. We thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it to all. We finished off the day in the (not so hot) hot springs in Aguas Calientes. After realizing very quickly the water wasn't going to get any warmer, we headed for a massage instead! The next day we took the train (3.5 hours to go 92km) back to Cusco to pack and get ready to fly back to Lima, then London.
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TravelPod Member ReviewsChaska Wasi Hostel Ollantaytambo
This is a nice friendly hostel right on the main plaza. The owner has had a hostel in town for over 10 years & is a mine of information regarding the entire Sacred Valley as well as genuine volunteering options in the area. The hostel was clean & welcoming. The roof terrace had fantastic views to the surrounding hills. The charm to Ollantaytambo is that it is a small working town; yes tourists come through here in their droves to visit MP etc but you will see farmers working the fields of the very fertile sacred valley. Katty asks that guests contribute to the local community; a 1kg bag of sugar or rice helps in a big way. 4Kg of sugar from the local market cost me 10soles, approx 2pounds. One thing to note is that Katty moved her hostel from another part of town a few years back. Another hostel opened in the same area with pretty much the same name run by an English woman. Poor show really!
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