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Machu Picchu

Another highlight of the journey


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After 3 days of headache in Cusco and Urubamba, I was lucky enough to get over it right before we head up the train station at Ollantaytambo. But silly me pulled my back from lifting my suitcase in the closet of the room. Again… people shouldnt travel with such heavy things… haha

We were on board Vistadome from Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu, which took us about 1.5 hours. Train was a bit late for a good 10 minutes, but we could totally feel the energy from everyone at the station. It was such a beautiful right and we got to the station and was met by a porter from Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge. A short but a crazy ride up to the hill….. we arrived at the magical lodge, which is only 60 meters to the entrance to the park. We decided to splurge when we plan the trip, simply because of the location. The only way that you can hike on MP and come back to shower and have lunch and then reenter again. Our guide showed us all the highlights, then we said bye bye to him after lunch. Franklin is his name, a young but well experienced guide. He was with us for 4 days, we learned a lot about Inka culture and the most important part is he understood our joke!
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We were very lucky with the weather, super sunny but not too hot on day one at MP. We even hiked up to The Sun Gate in the afternoon and stayed till very late to leave the park area. We were able to simply sit by the guard house to experience MP without lots of tourists.
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The night continued with Pisco Sour at the hot tub, with the view of Waynapicchu and part of MP. I had the first Alpaca for dinner (after tried Guinea Pig in Tambo del Inka)!! Some more sparkling wine to toast to the great day at MP then we were up for an early night to get ready for an early morning to see sunrise at MP.

Up at 5am… guess what? Andreas and I were the first two people to enter the site…. rushed up to the guard house and we were there to see clouds moved in and out and totally soaked up the energy from MP!!!
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Now I am sitting at the lounge of Sanctuary Lodge to wait for the bus… weather wasnt as great as yesterday but the mystic MP was just simply amazing…. we are heading back to Cusco for one night then we will have a Peruvian cooking lesson in Lima!!

Posted by samandjet 08:37 Archived in Peru

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