An Eventful Day

Trip Start Oct 22, 2005
Trip End Ongoing

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Tuesday, November 7, 2006

Megan's View of the Day:
We woke up early to try and make it to Machu before the first train arrived at 10.30AM. We were both feeling a bit worse for wear after having some dodgy food from Victor Victorias in Cusco, so after a dry bread roll for breaky we headed to the bus stop that would take us to the top of the mountain. Initially we had entertained the idea of hiking up ourselves but feeling the way we were we thought it better to just take the bus and walk back.

Once at the top we found our way through the crowds of people depositing their walking sticks into the baggage storage area (you are not allowed to take sticks or bags into the site so people hiking the Inca Trail have to walk out to the main entrance to leave their stuff). In a hazy mist we found the trail to the caretaker's hut and started walking, hoping the mist would clear so we could enjoy the view of the site. When we reached the top it was fairly crowded but through the fog we could see the site, which was thankfully fairly free of people and we could take a few good photos. After sitting for a while catching our breath we watched the site alternate between clear and covered in fog then made our way down to explore.

Walking around we looked at the peoples' houses, the industrial part of the town, the jail and the agricultural areas eventually finding ourselves at the entrance to the hike up Huchuypicchu. At this point after all the walking and no food due to feeling ill, I didn't feel like hiking up a mountain for a view of Machu Picchu covered in fog, so I decided I wasn't going to climb it. Rick was less than impressed with this idea and tried to force me to come along but I dug my heals in and tried to stay put. He resorted to the guilt trip on me saying "Please! Just do it for me". Obviously I had no idea why he felt so strongly about climbing the mountain but I gave in and agreed to climb as long as I could have some of our lunch first. After a bit of food we set off and once we made it to the top found a nice cozy place to have the rest of our lunch and watch the clouds shift over the site, occasionally entirely blocking it from view. After about an hour and a half of sitting I was ready to go back down but Rick wanted to sit and enjoy the moment for a bit longer and suggested we head over to the other side of the viewing point to get away from the continuous stream of people. By this time it had started raining and so we were huddled under an umbrella which Rick handed to me. I could see him fumbling around in his pocket and thought he was getting the camera out for another photo when he suddenly jumped out into the rain and knelt in front of me. I still had no clue what was going on until he produced a ring and said a few words (which unfortunately in the moment went completely over my head) and I realised he was asking me to marry him. I said "Yes!" and he happily jumped back under the umbrella and then had to repeat what he had said for me to actually take in.

Thank God I gave in and climbed that mountain or I may have missed out on a very romantic proposal!

Rick's View of the Day:
Had a crap
Had a shower
Had a shave
Took the bus to Machu Picchu
Megan refused to climb the mountain
Managed to convince her
Popped the question
She said "YES!"
Went back to town for a some sleep (still felling dodgey)
Had pizza for dinner
Overall a good day
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quisiera saber los precios de ecuador a costarica...gracias..

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