South America - Day 12
By Max Seebohm
Categories: south america
Today was a day that everyone had been waiting for we are going to Machu Picchu.
After an early breakfast we were all ready before time so we headed off to catch our train from Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu. I was pleasantly surprised when we got to the station the train was very modern and clean, very organised and the seats were allocated, a well oiled machine and would be giving Peru tourism a big boost. Every train was full, and the staff looked very smart in their uniforms. This was not what I was expecting! It was a great train trip weaving through the mountains and following the river all the way, Machu Picchu is actually 1,000 metres less above sea level than Cusco.
On arrival at the Machu Picchu station we were picked up by a bus, one of many that are running continuously to the ancient Inca city ruins. The bus gets you up to the top of the mountain by zig zagging backwards and forwards across seeing some of the most spectacular scenery I’ve ever seen. Eventually we arrived at the entrance to the ancient city.
Our first task was to climb a multitude of steps taking us eventually to the highest point, I must say it took a lot of stops and drinks of water to get everyone up there but I’m pleased to report that everyone in our group made it all the way. What a great experience for everyone. Our guide gave us full commentary all the way with many stops for rests, a drink and much more info. The tour took us in excess of three and a half hours and was worth every minute and every cent to do it, it was an experience of a lifetime. For those that haven’t been here it is definitely a bucket list item!
On return to the entrance we were booked into the restaurant for lunch and just as we got inside down came the rain. What a perfect day, we had perfect weather for our tour, beautiful sunny day with blue skies.
We caught our bus back down the mountain to the town and checked into our centrally located hotel.
Some went to the markets for a look around and a bit of shopping and then we all met in the hotel restaurant for dinner. At dinner everyone was still trying to get their head around what they had achieved that day, everyone went off to bed tired but pretty happy with their day.