The most amazing weekend!

Trip Start Jun 16, 2007
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Trip End Nov 13, 2007


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Saturday, July 7, 2007

Saturday 7th July - Sunday 8th July.

Machu Picchu (The ancient Inca Citadel)

Caught the 7:00am train from Cuzco to Ague Calientes (the village closest to Machu Picchu) , arriving about 11:00am.  Travelled on backpacker train with Peru Rail which was actually a really nice train and Peru Rail super efficient and punctual!    The hill is so steep out of Cuzco that the train track zig zags back and forth out the city.  Great journey through Sacred Valley, fantastic views of Andes and local rural life.   

Train journey thorugh The Sacred Valley

Checked into hotel in town, which was really nice!  Most expensive yet, but everything is near to Machu Picchu!  Amazing room, en suite bathroom with a hot power shower and even a bath!  Absolute bliss after a week in the freezing school accommodation!

Bus to Machu Picchu on Sunday morning left at 5:30am and so we decided to have a chilled day and early night, however in afternoon, stage was set up in main plaza and celebrations were beginning to take place.  We learnt that today was day that they were to announce new 7 wonders (everywhere in Peru had had posters saying "Vote Machu Pichu") and couldn't believe our timing!  They showed the draw live on television on stage (literally a 20" TV plugged in on stage for hundreds of people to try and see!).  When Machu Puchhu was announced as one of new 7 wonders, the party began!  Fantastic to watch!  The conga round the main square, balloons, firecrackers, and even free beer!  Great day!  Don{t know if any coverage in England?



Caught first bus to Macch Picchu on Sunday morning, arriving at the site at 6:00am.  Spent the morning exploring the ruins and listening to the various guided tours (no need to book our own guide!).  The place is amazing with unbelievable views!  Felt very lucky to be there and although touristy, still remains unspoilt.  Hope you enjoy the photos.  

Machu Picchu!Midday overlooking main square of MP



We walked back to the village from the ruins, about an hour and half down to the Urumbamba river.  Again, fantastic views and lovely scenery.  Another great day!  As we caught the train back to Cuzco at 4:00pm there was suddenly a torrential down pour (this is meant to be dry season!) and we all got soaked dashing for the train!  The backpacker train home had been fully booked, and so we were on the more expensive 'Vistadome' Service.  Turns out this inlcuded glass windows in the roof of train giving good views of the rain, a fashion show where the train staff modelled latest alpaca clothes for sales, a random traditonal dance peformed by one the staff, and a cup of coffee and a jam tart!  All slightly odd!

Bang on time again!

Arrived back in Cuzco late that evening, to stay the night in a hostel before catching the early train to Puno.  Reports of a protest blocking the tracks and road though, so not sure yet what will happen! 

Hope you all well, and thnaks for the emails.  Great to hear from everyone and please keep your news coming!

Love Ross and Claire x
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awhiffin
awhiffin on

Cuzco and Machu P
Hi there, Claireandross!

Just managed to register with this lot in order to send you a comment. Your news of Peru has been bringing back memories of our school expedition there in 1996. I really liked Cuzco (in spite of a spectacular dose of food poisoning, which I will not describe in detail online ...), and Machu Picchu was amazing. Quite a coup to be there just as it is winning its status as WotW, which we could only read about in the papers at the weekend.

Glad you're having such a brilliant time, and looking forward to more blogs.

Love,
Andrew

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