Trip Start Feb 02, 2013
22Trip End Feb 26, 2013
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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
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
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.