Kapoors Year 7: Europe/Ecuador/Peru travel blog

We Hired A Taxi To Take Us From Cusco To The Train...

The Two-Hour Journey Was Magical, But Our Thoughts Turned To The Train...

We'd Booked Seats On Peru Rail's Vista Dome Car, Foregoing The Hiram...

The Coach Was First Class As Far As We Were Concerned, Our...

We Were On Our Way To A Dream Come True And Celebrated...

The Train Stopped Briefly In Order For Some Passengers To Get Off...

Here You Can See Several Hikers Crossing The Bridge And Setting Off...

The Train Tracks Hugged The Banks Of The Swollen Urubamba River, Passing...

As The Valley Narrowed, We Passed Through Several Scenic Tunnels

Touristy Aguas Calientes Is A Pedestrian Only Town, Hugging The East Bank...

There's Little To Do There But Eat And Drink, Drinking Is Definitely...

Anil And Celia Enjoyed The Pisco Sours But I Stuck To Red...

We Explored The Tiny Town, Admiring The Landscaping Along A Stream That...

We Didn't Expect To See This Snake Near The Bottom Of The...

And Were Even More Surprised To See A Locomotive Shuttling Through Another...


@@@@@@@


BACKGROUND

Excerpts from the Lonely Planet – Peru:

Also known as Machu Picchu Pueblo, this town lies in a deep gorge below the ruins, enclosed by towering walls of stone cliff and cloud forest, and divided by two rushing rivers. The location is eye-poppingly gorgeous – that’s the good news.

The bad news is that all travelers to and from Machu Picchu must pass through here, so Aguas Calientes is about as touristy a town as you’ll ever come across. Come prepared for high prices and a sea of touts, keep your eyes on the hills and reflect on how rare it is to be in a town with no car access, and you’ll find a way to love Aguas Calientes.

Many choose to overnight here to avoid being engulfed by the hordes of day-trippers arriving from Cuzco by train each morning. Only those who sleep here or walk the Inca Trail get to catch sunrise at Machu Picchu.

KAPOORS ON THE ROAD

@@@@@@@


Share |