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Aguas Calientes, Peru

Well, we made it to Machu Picchu (actually pronounced Pick-chew in case you were wondering). We had an interesting train ride down from Cuzco to here including an "oh my god he´s a terrorist" moment when the Italian lad sitting in the seat across from us reading a manual on flight navigation had just had a telephone conversation with his family saying "today´s the day" asked us to look after his bag and proceeded to disappear to the toilet for a very, very long time....

He came back and actually turned out to be a nice guy who we had a fairly long conversation with along with the people around us. It ended up with him talking in Italian to another Italian guy across the isle. That guy´s girlfriend was from Peru and ended up talking in Spanish to the Brazillian lady sitting across from us! We didn´t understand a word, but they seemed like good conversations.

At Aguas Calientes we spent a down day going to the hot springs, eating and drinking doing a mini pub crawl on the hill down from the hot springs. It was interesting when we had to meet our tour guide that night after quite a few...

Machu Picchu is simply awesome. The ruin site is huge and we spent more than 8 hours walking around the ruins, sitting on a terrace taking it in and Andy climbed a small mountain to get a different view. Why anyone would build such a large complex so high up a mountain and so far down a valley in the middle of nowhere is still lost on us, but its a very cool place. The stonework wasn´t as impressive as some other sites we have visited but the setting and the sheer size of the place more than makes up for it.

The train ride back to Cuzco wasn´t nearly as interesting as the ride out and we were absolutely knackered after getting up at 5am to get up to Machu Picchu for a 6:25 tour.

permalink written by  Cath & Andy on April 21, 2007 from Aguas Calientes, Peru
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