Obviously, whilst planning our travels around South America, we had to include a stop to Machu Picchu, unfortunately we didn't have enough time to do a proper trek so we opted for the 2 days, 1 night tour which cost around $120 (if you have a valid ISIC card like I did, you get a $20 discount.)
The small amount of time meant an early start on day one, the driver even arrived early to our hostel - WHICH NEVER HAPPENS IN SOUTH AMERICA - whilst we were still eating breakfast. The driver got grouchy with us and I got grouchy back (my Spanish improves tenfold when I'm aggravated) and we managed to negotiate a later pick up. We eventually got packed into the minibus and we set off.
What ensued was a bum-numbingly, stomach turning, windy 7 hour journey to our starting point. When I wasn't concentrating on not trying vom on the poor Chilean girl sitting next to me, there were some nice views to be admired.
Like I said, it was windy
We eventually arrived at the start of our trek, which is a slight misuse of the word, as it was entirely flat along the railway line. This usually forms part as the penultimate day of most Machu Picchu treks.
We also made some friends along the way.
And because the temptation was there, a photo of me on a (stationary) train.
We then had our first glimpse of Machu Picchu