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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.