Day 66: Friday, 2nd March: Aguas Calientes – Macchu Piccu – Cusco (Peru)

Day 13 of G Adventures Inca Heartland Tour

We get up in Aguas Calientes very early at 4:30. The windows of our room are totally wet. There is no heating, the sliding windows let 2 cm open. Instead of breakfast we get a lunch package with some crackers, cheese sandwich, juice.

We leave the duffle bags in the hotel and go with our daypacks to a bus station at the river dividing aguas calientes. It seems to be a secret place, there are already some 100 people waiting there. Christina gets us coffee.

Finally we get a bus and drive up to Macchu Piccu. You get a 4 hours ticket. As you go in, clock is ticking. For toilet, you must go out, but can go in within the 4 hours. In doing so, they try to keep the people in limited.

The way up is along the river first and then a windy road, which you can either walt 400 m up or drive with official bus. It is not completely paved, but has lots of busses driving the opposite direction. It is not sunny yet, more cloudy from the valley. The forecast was on our side – partly cloudy until noon, then rain.

On the top there is even more tourists in front of the entrance gate, waiting for it to be opened. We walk up, macchu piccu is in the clouds.

Gladys introduces us to our guide and he leads us in to the viewpoint for the sunrise. As we are in, the crowd is not so dense anymore.

I lift the fog …

… and sun rises …

We stand and watch the sunrise. Lots of people posing around

We start a guided 1:30 hrs tour.

After the tour we go out to the toilet (2 soles) and in again and decide to go to the sundoor.

02.03.2018 10:18 S 13°10.1882′ W 72°32.0304′ Altidude 2.781 masl

We have lunch there …

We meet the boys from lares trek there

Then we go back down to the Inka bridge:

02.03.2018 11:24 S 13°10.2683′ W 72°32.7266′ Altidude 2.614 masl

The must see inka bridge:

I expected more. This should be the famous back door of macchu piccu. We go back to catch the bus at 13:00

As we come back to aguas calientes, we look for good food. Heavy rain makes it not easy. Somewhen we just go in a restaurant at main plaza, recognize that it has 1 tripadvisor point only and go to the best restaurant instead.

They have vegetarian grilled chicken!!!!

After lunch we go to the ATM meet gladys in another restaurant, pick up our bags and go to the train to Ollantaytambo. In the train we qwirkle again.

Then, in ollantaytambo, we change to a minivan to cusco. Arrive in our hotel el puma, get our full luggage back, repack a big bag of laundry which gladys takes care of, daypack for Puerto Maldonado at the Rio Madre de Dios, a river which becomes amazonas, and a pack to be left at the hotel.

Then we go with gianni, the boys and girls from the lares trek for dinner to the hot stones and party afterwards.

Foods good and the club is nice, too.

We come home late and leave gianni with the girls & boys …

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