Returning to Cusco… this time so most og the group can make one of the treks around Machu Picchu. Their are only two of us, myself and Wayne not doing any of the walks. After a couple of days chilling out in Cusco we travel with a minibus to Ollantaytambo, there we transfer to train, for the rest of the journey to Aguas Calientes at the base of Machu Picchu. Aguas Calientes must be one of Peru’s premier tourist traps. There’s only a few streets but they are packed with cafes and restaurants offering high prices with mediocre service. Next morning we are up at 04:45 to get inline, it soon becomes a long line, for the early morning shuttles that will carry us up the mountain.
Machu Picchu is everything it’s made out to be, one is awestruck that a civilisation so many thousands of years ago could create such a magnificent structure. The round trip including hotel cost $310 expensive but well worth it.
It is unfortunate that the Peruvians have turned the surrounding infrastructure into a money hungry machine.