Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The one I had been waiting for: Machu Picchu Day One

Call me unimaginative, clich├ęd, conforming etc. but if I had a bucket list, Machu Picchu would have been at the top. For as long as I can remember, I have always been fascinated with South America and Machu Picchu is one of the reasons why.

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. 

The peak of Machu Picchu in the background

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

A little further down the railway we would reach our destination for the night, Aguas Calientes, and be informed of our early start (4am) the next day. It would be worth it though.

What has been your favourite trek? If you've done Machu Picchu, which one did you do?

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