Trek, boat, bike and zip line to Machu Pichu
Trip Start Oct 07, 2010
43Trip End Mar 13, 2011
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The walk: http://picasaweb.google.com/gstace/MachuPichu?authkey=Gv1sRgCJrDosvl4Za4QQ
Machu Pichu: http://picasaweb.google.com/gstace/CaminoDeLasIncas?authkey=Gv1sRgCNzWna7h9NzhLA
Flying into Cuzco, the city was instantly much better than Lima. The traffic, pollution and constant fog made Lima not exactly grow on me. The flight into Cuzco was exciting (though not cheap courtesy of Gringo pricing by LAN) as it landed between a big set of mountains.
We settled into the hotel and planned our trip for Machu Pichu before spending some time drinking pisco sours in a great bar by the main square.
The first day of the tour we met in the centre of Cuzco with our group companions, the friendly Victorians Tom and Morgan
The second day we started off walking along a road by the side of the river, passing the ghost town of the place we stayed that was destroyed in floods about 12 years ago. A few people still lived in the town, and we had some chicha drink in one of those houses still left fully standing. We then did a steep ascent up to a resting spot where we tried on different locals clothing and sampled some of the local products like coffee and cocoa
Third day we went zip lining (flying fox) near by. It was great fun, with 6 runs, each about 400m long and starting with a drop of over 100m into the valley. The walk that day was very stunning, as we ended up basically circling around Machu Pichu on the valley floor next to the train tracks. The lunch was at a trout farm, in a tranquil setting before walking in the light rain to Aguas Caliente. The hotel was set right on the river and was very relaxing to fall asleep to the sounds of the roaring water.
The fourth day we climbed up to Machu Pichu. Rog and Sara left at 4.30am and Tom and I at 4.55am from the hotel. Tom and I quickly strolled down to the start of the stairs of climb up, and then ran up. I am sure Tom did it in about 23 min, and I did it in 32 min, which am certainly happy with given the backpack and the fact the ruins are at about 2.5km high. The ruins were spectacular to say the least! The guide we were assigned shifted us to another guide who turned out to be the worst guide I have ever had, he didn't say anything of use, didn't know anything and his English was frustrating to listen to