This old mountain
Trip Start Jun 08, 2012
41Trip End Aug 16, 2013
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With only a few days left before my flight back to London, we booked an all day bus to get us to Cusco. At the bus station, we spotted Rick, who we'd met at Isla Del Sol - he'd been the one to tell us about travelling in style on the 'tourist bus' so it was nice to get the bus with him. had a guide who was very enthusiastic and clearly loved what he did. For the first time, we felt like we knew what the plan was.
The next morning we got up and tucked into our free breakfast in the hostel bar and then wandered to the square to people-watch. We were bothered a little by people selling things and also one of the locals who had a shop came over to us and was practicing his English. He was very friendly with us and kept touching my leg. Obviously one of the cons, but he was harmless and we were quickly rescued when we spotted another friend who'd just rolled into town and called him over. That night we made a date to go to the veggie restaurant Nadine had been talking about since the first mention of Cusco. It had been talked up a LOT and it did actually live up to the hype! (Nadine: of course!!) Our friend Sebastian joined us and we had a feast of yummy foods until we were too stuffed to move.
The next day, we packed up our stuff and brought only the essentials with us for a trip to the sacred valley and then Machu Picchu. Through the day, we realised more and more that our booking hadn't been made in our names, but they'd somehow done a group booking with another guy (Matt) from our hostel.
The next stop was lunch but we weren't paying the ridiculous price for the buffet that was the only thing on offer so Nadine and I went hunting around and found a place where we had a sandwich made, an Inca Kola and a chocolate bar, all for less than £2 each. We even got to spend some time with some puppies too – win!
We had one more stop at more ruins in Ollantaytambo before our tour guide and group left Nadine, Matt and I on our own. We were much happier alone and kept wandering around the ruins which were slowly emptying of tourists. We wandered around the markets afterwards and got some food while we were waiting for our train to take us to Aguas Calientes, the town at the bottom of Machu Pichhu. At the station, we spotted a couple of Irish boys who we'd met the last night at the bar. They'd been hammered when we met them at the bar, and in the morning when we'd been waiting for our bus to pick us up, they'd showed up and convinced themselves and the woman picking us up for the bus that they were with us, it was quite a funny 30 minutes while we watched them frantically get ready while having the shakes and no-one really knowing what was happening (and it turned out they actually weren't with our tour group at all!).
We were slightly regretting the drinks when we had to get up to Machu Picchu (which means 'old mountain' in the Quechua language) before sunrise. Matt was doing the walk up so set off before us. We got ready after he left and I got in the queue for the bus while Nadine got us some much needed coffee! The bus wound its way up there and we weren't very hopeful for seeing the sunrise over the mountains cause it was really cloudy and overcast. At the top, we spotted Matt straight away and all went in together.
This was my last full day in Peru and of my trip, and I felt really happy that it had ended on a high note. We made it back to the hostel quite late and exhausted. After showers, we dragged ourselves out for some food and then pretty much got straight to bed. The following morning, we got up and went to one last market, got a fruit juice and got ready to say our goodbyes before I had to set off for my mammoth journey home. I got to do everything I wanted to do and loads more. I'd got some great time with Nadine and had also met some other awesome people. My trip from start to finish had been incredible!