Aguas Calientes

Trip Start Jul 12, 2010
Trip End Jul 12, 2011

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Flag of Peru  , Sacred Valley,
Friday, October 8, 2010

We stayed the night in Hostal Intipaqarek in Aguas Calientes. We chilled in the hotel and thawed out after a hot shower. The town itself is just a tourist hub so everything is a rip off. We had dinner included in our tour so we were really happy when the lady dragged us off to a restaurant to eat and meet our guide who was with a large group who had done an alternative trek. Thank Budda we didnīt end up with English guy was hell bent on leaving for Machu Picchu at 3.30 am to make sure he got one of the 400 stamps allocated to people who want to climb Waynapicchu. We just sat back and watched the car crash unfold. Very entertaining. Anyways fast forward to 4am and we are all outside the guesthouse waiting for this guy. He slept in. At this point myself and Jane had enough of group life so we told the guide we were leaving and would meet him at the top. On went the light (Janeīs head light...excellent) and off we went to climb Machu Picchu in the dark. 
We past the buses but it looked like a trip to bingo and they cost 7 dollars...pass. We wanted to complete our trek. The climb was really hard as the distance betweem steps in places was far. About 100 people had joined us by now and the race was on to get to the top and get this stamp. We have never climbed so many steps before.

An hour later we reached the entrance about 20 steps away from a stroke. We got our stamps to climb Waynapicchu but our legs had turned to jelly....we had four hours before we had to do it and we hoping to regain mobility by then.

We had a 2 hour tour of the site and the English dude decided Inca sminky.. he wanted to take photos so interrupted the poor guide who then forgot what he was saying and left. 
We made it up to Waynapicu at 11 but Jane decided that she was agoraphobic just as we reached the summit which was a collection of rocks. I thought Kerry mountain rescue would need to be called but she calmed down and all was well again. Heights really arenīt her thing but fair play she made it! 

We finished the day at the Guardhouse which gives a great view of the whole site and gives you the postcard pics of Machu Picchu. We overheard a guy talk about how he slipped the guard a 100 dollar bill to climb Waynapicchu so glad we chose the private trek... Amazing day :)

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