Context Machu Picchu town is at 2,000 metres/ 6,560 feet; Machu Picchu site is at 2,400 metres/7,800 feet.
A 7:30 start today for our 2nd trip to Machu Picchu. Today as part of our trip we climbed 400 metres up from the main site, on the Inca trial to the Sun Gate (2720 metres/ 9,000 feet) which used to be the entrance. Some different viewpoints to see the site from as well.
It was very rough in places but weather was perfect for climbing as it was pleasantly cool after some overnight rain. The sun really got out just as we were arriving at the top so it was a warm climb down.
When we got down we visited a couple of other areas in the main site that we didn't go to yesterday. We then made for exit and bus ride back down. No queuing for buses at all today!
Went for drink before lunch in the bar opposite the hotel. We then had a group lunch at what the guide said was the best restaurant in Machu Picchu. It was a French/Peruvian restaurant and the food was indeed delicious.
We wandered around the town for a bit before meeting up to go the station to catch our train the 16:22 to Ollantaytambo where our bus will hopefully be waiting to take us to Cusco. Should arrive around 20:30-21:00 - a long tiring day.
Well the train trip was a surprise. After the drinks and food service (not that any of our group were hungry) the crew started to entertain us! First off we were treated to a local traditional dance . One of the stewards was dressed in a multicolour rainbow costume with a mask apparently representing the devil accompanied by music which had the whole carriage clapping away! Then we had a fashion show of local clothes and then obviously they came round selling the clothes. This didn't happen on the Rocky Mountaineer or the Ghan.
Off the train, onto the bus and we arrived at the hotel in Cusco just after 20:30.