On Sunday morning we woke up at 2am and piled into a convi bus (mini bus) and drove 1.5 hours into the sacred valley. When we arrived at the train station everything was still pitch black and freezing. We waited around until about 4:45am when they let us board the train. As we sped down the train tracks, the sun started to come up and we could see the river right next to us and the mountains towering above. I can’t even explain how ridiculously cool it was.
After about an hour and a half on the train, we arrived in Aguas Calientes, where we ran to buy bus tickets and then waited in line for our final ascent up to the ruins.
As we drove up the windy road up the mountain, the sun broke over the mountains and everything was beautiful. After 5 hours of buses and trains, we finally made it to Machu Picchu, the lost city of the Incas. That place is hard to get to, but it’s so worth it. Seriously. And it’s massive! We explored for 8 hours and there was still more to see. But, enough talking, here’s what we saw (although pictures don’t really do it justice):
I can’t even begin to explain how beautiful it is there. After 8 hours in the ruins, we took the bus back down into Aguas Calientes where we ate dinner by the river and explored the plethora of shops. We grabbed the 6pm train back to Ollantaytambo and another bus back to Cusco and our day at Machu Picchu was over, just like that. Good thing we have pictures so we can remember days like this forever, am I right?