Day 07: Sunday, 22 Oct 2017
Route: Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu - Sacred Valley
Hotel: Sacred Valley Sonesta Posadas Del Inca Yucay Hotel, Peru
|(A former colonial-style monastery)|
|(Our room on the ground floor)|
|(A hearty buffet breakfast)|
|(A contemporary accommodation with rustic decorative features)|
|(Our lodging for two nights)|
Early in the morning we travelled by bus to Ollanta Train Station at an altitude of 2,790 meter. Boarded the 09:30 Peru Train to Aguas Calientes. The train is modern and the carriages have large panoramic windows for passengers to appreciate the scenery of the countryside. In the train we were served with light meals of sandwiches and drinks. The train journey took around 2 hours. At Aquas Clientes Train Station we performed our prayers at one of the restaurant.
|(The train tickets to Machu Pichu)|
|(A sunny morning for the trip)|
|(The Ollantay Tambo Train Station)|
|(Waiting for the train to Aguas Calientes)|
|(Boarding the Peru Rail)|
|(Comfortable train ride with light snacks)|
Later, from Aquas Clientes we boarded a shuttle eco-bus to Machu Picchu peak. We had our packed lunch while the guide bought tickets to enter the ancient city. We had to show our passports and tickets at the entrance.
|(Arriving at Aguas Clientes Train Station)|
|(Roaming around town)|
|(The Machu Pichu signage)|
|(The Inca Warrior and his Condor)|
|(Taking the green Eco-bus to the peak)|
Machu Picchu is at an altitude of 2,450 meter. It is a 15th Century Incan Citadel set high in the Andes Mountains in Peru, above the Urubamba River valley. A UNESCO site, Machu Picchu is an Incan citadel set high in the Andes Mountains in Peru, above the Urubamba River valley. Built in the 15th century and later abandoned, it is renowned for its sophisticated dry-stone walls that fuse huge blocks without the use of mortar, intriguing buildings that play on astronomical alignments and panoramic views. Its exact former use remains a mystery. We had a guided tour of the ancient city at our own leisure time. The weather was cool and bright. We were lucky that Machu Pichu was not so crowded during this time of the year and we have the whole place to ourselves to explore.
|(Passport and ticket to enter Machu Pichu UNESCO site)|
|(A first glimpse of the Incan Citadel)|
|(A citadel high in the Andes Mountain)|
|(Dry stone walls and huge blocks buildings)|
|(One of the Seven Wonders of the World)|
|(High above the Urubamba River Valley)|
|(The resident Llama in the ruins)|
|(The long and winding road from above)|
We stamped our passports after we completed the Machu Pichu tour and boarded the bus back to Aquas Clientes. We returned by train to Ollanta and had light meals, accompanied by a fashion show on the train. From the Ollanta Train Station we boarded the bus back to the hotel.
|(The Urubamba river running across town)|
|(A popular hotel for tourists)|
|(A fashion and cultural show on the train)|
Tonight we skipped dinner and went to bed early. We overnight again in Sacred Valley Sonesta Posadas Del Inca Yucay Hotel.