Day 5

Trip Start Feb 02, 2013
Trip End Feb 26, 2013

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Flag of Peru  , Sacred Valley,
Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Hola! We began this morning at the hotel with a buffet breakfast. We were able to sleep in until about 6:30 a.m. which was nice. We have been getting up at 5:30 a.m. every day otherwise. Breakfast was okay, mostly fruits and nut things that I am allergic to, so I ate chicken and vegetables for breakfast. 

After breakfast, we took a bus to the train station to head to Machu Picchu. We took the Hiram Bingham train to what is called Aguas Calientes - the gateway to Machu Picchu. The train ride was 3.5 hours long, but it went by very quickly because of the beautiful scenery. We could see hikers on the Inca trail making the climb to Machu Picchu. One day I hope to do that - its a 4 day trip, consisting of at least 10 hours of steep uphill terrain each day. This is definitely going on my bucket list!

On the train there were cars with dining areas, bars with musicians, and an observatory. The observatory was so cool because it was the very last car of the train and you could literally stick your head out the back. There were three musicians playing fun music and everyone was having a great time. The train was in a valley with mountains and farmland all around us, called the Urubamba Valley. There were cows, cornfields and huts where farmers live with clotheslines hanging outside. I really enjoyed watching out the window. 

Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes, we boarded a motor coach for the final drive up to the lower entrance to the Incan city. The Incan city, Machu Picchu was rediscovered by Hiram Bingham in 1911 and excavated with support from the National Geographic Society.  When we arrived at the entrance to Machu Picchu we all got out and met our guide, Dagmar. She lead us on the tour through Machu Picchu. Dagmar made sure to inform The Bano Boys before we entered that there are no bathrooms inside of Machu Picchu. This of course was very upsetting to them.

We started at the bottom of Machu Picchu and worked our way to the top. It was a great hike. The scenery was amazing - indescribable. About half way through our hike through the city it started to rain. The rain didn't bother me and in fact it was actually incredibly interesting to see how amazingly advanced their water drainage system was. During the rain over Machu Picchu there was the most beautiful rainbow. Ill post a picture of it. We continued to hike through the city despite the rain and it was a absolutely wonderful experience. Afterwards, we had tea and snacks in the lounge at the bottom of the city. We were all completely soaked by the end of it but it didn't really matter. 

After tea we headed back to the train to Cusco. The train ride back was a blast. The musicians were playing music, we were all drinking Pisco sours and everyone was singing and dancing. Dad even got up in front of everyone and danced (I have a blackmail video). After the train ride we all went right to bed because we were all exhausted. 

Tomorrow we are headed to Easter Island. Im very excited to see the Moai and experience this Island. 


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David on

your Dad dancing! I'd hold on to that video, lots of folks will pay a a ton of money to see that one.
I continue to enjoy reading about your wonderful journey and the great pictures.

Sam on

These pictures are beautiful ! It is all so amazing and special. I think the rainbow was a perfect sign for you both : )

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