How Could You Visit Perú Without Seeing…

by Amy Rogers on November 22, 2013 · 2 comments

Where did I leave off? Oh, yes. From the five-day Salkantay Trek, where we had finally reached the hydroelectric plant. From there we followed the railroad track to Aguas Calientes.

Here we are crossing the river on a big, old railroad bridge.

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The railroad ties basically wind the whole way around Machu Picchu, albeit far below the ruins themselves. Here are a few terraces on the back of the mountain.

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Ok. We finally made it to Aguas Calientes. The train runs right through the center of town, which is a rather cute place and bigger than I expected. That said, it’s the very definition of “tourist trap.” With a captive audience, the restaurants, hotels, and artisan markets are able to charge outrageously inflated prices. We planned on getting in and getting out as fast as we could.

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So the next morning we walked up to Machu Picchu, avoiding the 5 to 10-minute bus ride that costs $18 USD per person. Here are some photos!

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Here’s our friend Tobias, from Germany. We met him on the last night of the Salkantay Trek. We managed to run into him again in Copacabana and La Paz, Bolivia!

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Our path now leads south and east to Bolivia! The next month will be a whirlwind of activity for us: trekking in the Cordillera Reál, visiting the rainforest, and hiring a Jeep to cross Bolivia’s famous salt flats. Stay tuned, folks.

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Adam's Mom November 23, 2013 at 10:57 pm

Just amazing, Amy! Always interesting! xoxo

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Thomson November 26, 2013 at 2:57 pm

Nice work, team!!

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