Machu Picchu

My day started early at 5am. In order to make it to Machu Picchu, you can either hike or take a bus. On the way to the bus station, I stopped to get a bottle of water. The line for the bus took about 45 minutes, and the drive up was about 10 minutes. When you arrived at Machu Picchu, you can check your bag in for 5 soles. I checked my bag in and realized that I had left my bottle of water at the bus station. Having checked my bag in already, I didn’t have any money to buy water either!

When I was buying my Machu Picchu ticket, Huayna Picchu was sold out. I bought a ticket for Machu Picchu Mountain (Montaña) instead. The hike was incredibly, incredibly steep !!

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Machu Picchu from a distance.

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It was cloudy when I arrived, but it started to rain on the way up. It took about four hours roundtrip to hike the mountain since I didn’t have water. I tried to look around the rest of Machu Picchu after the hike, but I was drenched in the cold weather. I didn’t look around too much before making it back to the bus line.

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I was in the bus line for an hour and a half in the freezing rain! It really sucked, but I finally made it back to Aguas Calientes. My train back to Ollantaytambo was at 9:50pm. It’s worth it to check out the vendors. They sell all sorts of cool things. Don’t forget to try to haggle! Aguas Calientes is also known for their hot springs. If you didn’t buy a bathing suit, you can rent one!

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