Finally the day arrived to visit one of the highlights of our trip, the Machu Picchu! We were able to get a great deal and visit the Machu Picchu for only $70, including transfer from and back to Cuzco, breakfast, lunch, dinner and one night in a hostel. We did a 2 days / 1 night tour and the experience was awesome!
The road to Machu Picchu
We chose to go to Machu Picchu by car because this is the cheapest way to get there. It meant we had to sit in a minibus from Cuzco to Hidroelectrica. The road was bumpy and not for people with motion sickness and it took us about 7 hours including stops. We were happy to arrive but now the really fun part had to start. From here, a train is going to the next place called Aguas Calientes. But, because we took the budget tour, we walked this track. We walked on this track for almost 2,5 hours to get to Aguas Calientes. It is a 12 kilometer walk through the Amazon jungle (damn mosquitos again!).
When we arrived in Aguas Calientes we had to find our guide. He would show us our hostel and give us information. Unfortunately, you don’t know your guide in advance and this counts for everybody. So when we arrived on the main plaza there were numerous of guids shouting every name they had on their list in crappy English. Trying to find our guide wasn’t easy and took us several hours! After we found the right guy we were brought to a restaurant to eat, because dinner was also included. We went to bed early, because the next day we were going to walk to Machu Picchu and we had to wake up at 3 am. There was also the possibility to go upstairs by bus, but this was a little expensive and we want to do things as cheap as possible. Also, people who took the bus had to wake up at the same time 😉
We woke up very early to have our breakfast and started walking at 4 am. The path to Machu Picchu was incredibly exhausting and we had to take several brakes. We had to climb incredible steep stairs for over an hour! Meanwhile, the sun was getting up so it became hotter by the minute. We also had all our belongings with us, because we wouldn’t return to Aguas Calientes, but walk straight back to Hidroelectrica after the Machu Picchu. After an hour of walking those incredible exhausting steps, we finally made it to the entrance where our guide picked us up again. We stayed inside Machu Picchu for almost 3 hours and we both agree that is was worth every step and every drop of sweat. What an incredible place with an amazing history! We couldn’t get enough pictures from every angle and every pose.
Back to Cuzco
Sadly, everything comes to an end, and so did our visit of Machu Picchu. We had to go down the same way we came up (the sun was burning now). After another hour on those steps we took a small break and had a little lunch to regain our energy. After that, we walked the same 12 km track alongside the train back to Hidroelectrica. From here, we stepped in the minibus again and drove back to Cuzco where we arrived late in the evening. These two days have been exhausting, but it was so much worth! Next, we’ll travel Arequipa and further north but you’ll read about that in our next blog!