Good food and some famous Inca ruins

Trip Start Aug 21, 2013
Trip End Jul 31, 2014

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Machu Picchu

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

We arrived into Cusco after 23 hours on an aeroplane-like bus so not feeling too wrecked we headed to Paddy's Irish bar for some nice homely food. Spent the next day wandering around the city, it's very pretty so easy to while away the day. After stuffing our faces with some yummy crepes we walked up to these ruins on a hilltop called Sachsaywaman but decided the entrance fee of 70 soles each was too much for our budget. A bit of a wasted journey but at least we worked off the crepes! Bumped into Juliet from our Santa Cruz trek back at the hostel.
Seeing as we had quite a bit of trekking under our belts we decided not to bother with the Inca trail trek and hopped on a train to Aguas Calientes the following day. To make up for our laziness we climbed Putucusi mountain from Aguas Calientes that afternoon. It was kind of a crazy mountain with loads of ladders to climb, including one with about 100 rungs! To our delight though, once we got to the top we were treated to a sneak preview of Machu Picchu, in full panoramic glory :) The way down the mountain, climbing down all of the ladders, was a little tricky, I just sang to myself so I wouldn't think about how far I could fall
The next morning we were up at the crack of dawn to get an early bus (I know, lazy!!) to Machu Picchu. We were lucky we went as early as we did because we just got in on time to take some pictures without 20 other people in them, and this is low season! Did a 2-hour guided tour of the ruins then which was good enough but a bit long and I don't think we were much the wiser after it, it's all speculation really. Next up we climbed up Wayna Picchu and then headed back for Aguas Calientes just as the rain came, good timing :) On the way back to the hostel we bumped into Jade and Toby (an English couple who we've met a few times along the way) having a terrible pizza, we then had an equally terrible pizza in another place. Moral of the story, do not order pizza in Aguas Calientes. In fact just eat in Ecopackers hostel, unfortunately for us we realised too late how good the food is there! A quick trip to the hot springs and a few bad games of pool finished off our very enjoyable trip to Machu Picchu. 
We met up with my cousin Colum back in Cusco, he's on his way up north so it was good to cross paths. Went for a delicious lunch with him and his friend in Jack's cafe, said our goodbyes and caught our night bus to Arequipa.
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