Needed to be packed and cases outside the door by 6 this morning. We're off to Machu Picchu today.
Short 30 minute drive to the station at Ollantaytambo and on to the Peru Rail train to Machu Picchu. Very busy as to be expected but a very smart train with airplane style service with drinks and a savoury quinoa pastry. (They're really big on quinoa in Peru away from the Pacific Coast areas. We had some quinoa soup the other day and it was really nice.) They also came round with souvenirs trolley. Impressive for 90 minute journey.
Arrived at Machu Picchu station, handed our overnight bag (no luggage - that's locked in the bus back in Yucay) to the hotel man and went to queue up for the bus to the site. We were told beforehand that we might have to queue for 1-1 and half hours but there was virtually no queue and we got the second bus!
The 20 minute bus ride was an experience. A rough ride up a series of hairpins on an unmade road - bone shattering. The guide had advised us to sit at the front if possible as it was a bit smoother ride.
Anyway we got there and entered the site. Impossible to write how incredible it is. The location in the middle of impossibly steep sided mountains is jaw dropping. The weather was perfect the whole day even though thunderstorms were forecast for the afternoon. It was mainly t-shirt weather , very sunny and warm with only light winds all day. The winds tend to pick up in the afternoons - they have done so far - but not today.
Did 2 sessions on the site with a short lunch break in between.
Eventual came back the mountain at around 16:30 back in to town. Got of the bus and walked a short way to our hotel for the night.
Really plush boutique style hotel, lovely rooms and a brilliant shower. Just had the included dinner which was very nice and we tried some quinoa beer which was also very nice.
Going back to Machu Piccho at 07:30 tomorrow to walk along a bit of the Inca trail up to the Sun Gate.