Hanaqpacha Inn Hotel
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We've heard wonderful things about Machu Picchu, but the reality is far better than the tales. It's a remarkable, mystical, magical place. Its stunning architecture and engineering can only be fully appreciated in person.
But getting there is a chore. We left by bus from Cusco on a two-hour ride to the small town of Ollantayambo, where we …
Day three started later with our wake up call coming at 6am. We had our easiest day in store with only 5-6 hours of hiking and most of it downhill. Our campsite for the third night was at Wiynawana which has been experiencing landslides for many years now. Apparently Peru is exporting hydro-electric energy and they have been using dynamite in the ...
... camp for the night,
which is the garden of a local family in Wayllabamba at an attitude of 3,100m,
the last community on the Inca trail. Within moments our tents have been set up
and we have tea set out for us in a small outhouse. Over dinner, which again
was delicious, Sonia prepared us for day two, the hardest and longest day on
the trail during which after an initial ‘Andean flat’ terrain we would then
reach a steep upward path of Inka ...
... taken our overnight bags to our hotel and we walk a short distance to catch the bus up the mountain to the base of Machu Picchu, a half hour bus ride up another 400m in elevation around (I wish I had counted them) hairpin bends on a dirt road with the hairpin paved - presumably to stop the buses slipping over the edge.
Ordelio our guide is still with us and guides us over the ruins with our 'whispers' on (earphones) and gives us just ...
... and a little distance beyond you get to the entrance of Machu Picchu. This isn't the train/bus tourist entrance but rather the Sun Gate. It deserves it's name (though, as always, 30 seconds after we arrived the clouds showed up and we couldn't see a thing!). The Sun Gate overlooks Machu Picchu, still about 45 minutes away and a few hundred meters below. When the sun comes out Machu Picchu shines brilliantly. While ...