Peaks to Desert Day 3 - Machu Picchu

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Flag of Peru  , Cusco,
Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Judging by the reaction to the picture I put up on Facebook I'm guessing this might be a pretty well read blog so I'll try and make it an interesting one.

The original tour we had booked with kumuka had us doing the 3 day trek along the inca trail however with our reshuffle we were now only doing a day trip up to Machu Picchu by train. We rose early to meet our mini bus driver and tour guide for an hour and a half drive from Cusco to Ollantaytambo where we would grab lay minute supplies and board the train to Aguas Calientes the closest town to Machu Picchu. The train trip took around 90 minutes and provided some breathtaking scenery and we made our way through green valleys, past running rivers and streams an took in views of snow capped mountains around us. Batman had a prime position to snap up photos as we made our way through the valley so there will be some good photos to follow once back in aus. We arrived in Aguas Calientes around 1045am and our guide Margot led us down to where we would catch a bus from the bottom of the valley up to the lost city of Machu Picchu. The bus ride took around 20 minutes and also provided some great views of the surrounding mountains. We arrived at the entry to Machu Picchu, got our passports stamped and started the small trek up the hill. We caught minor glimpses of the ruins through the trees as we climbed but as we reached the clearing we saw it. I'm not going to try and describe the beauty, the awesomeness and out of this world view that greeted us, I think the pictures speak far more loudly. We spent quite some time at the top of the hill taking countless pictures and admiring the ruins from above before starting our walking tour of the ruins. Again I'm not here to give you a history lesson, I much more look forward to showing you the photos. We spent around 3.5 hrs exploring the lost city and taking in the amazing views of the valleys that it provides before once again jumping on the bus, train and bus all the way back to Cusco.

Although this was a short blog, this has got to be one of the top highlights of my trip so far. I have hundreds of photos to share when I get back to aus :) another bucket list item taken care of and it was everything I hoped and more.

How do kiwis find sheep in long grass?

Quite pleasurable.

Lukey B
A Baker Abroad
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Tiffany on

Ahh, this is amazing!

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