In Hot Water

Aguas Calientes, Peru (map)

When arriving in Cusco we really didn’t look too far ahead to see just how far Machu Picchu was from Cusco or how exactly to go about getting there.

Our first plan had us hiking the Inca Trail which requires a 3-4 month reservation ahead of time due to it’s popularity; which in reality actually requires 6+ months ahead of time reservation (it was all booked up when we tried).  So our alternate plan had us hiking the Salkantay Trail which our friends Sumita and Gautam had just returned from doing in June and highly recommended.

Well after our hike in Huaraz and skipping the 2nd best hike in the world we had decided to save all multi-day hikes for when we absolutely had to do them; Mount Kilimanjaro, Milford Sound Trek, and Everest Base Camp / Annapurna Circuit.  Since we knew we weren’t walking there, the question was  how do we go about getting there?

We figured we had to fill in our travel gap - _____, Planes, & Automobiles
For a small fortune the PeruRail will take you from Cusco to Aguas Calientes (the base of Machu Picchu)

Our train friends - Steve and his newlywed husband from BC & CA

After visiting about 8 hostels we found one with the right amount of luxury for the price
Saluting the Inca and Peru flags
This Futbol field has to have one of the best views in the world
Walking to the entrance of Machu Picchu from Aguas Calientes
At parts it's a tight squeeze with the shuttle buses
With the easy shuttle access to Machu Picchu the site is on the verge of being placed on the danger list due to the large human foot traffic it receives on a daily basis
Looking forward to sharing our next blog post with everyone about Machu PIcchu


About Dustin Orrick

Techie, TreeHugger, Outdoor Adventurist, Motorhead, and can now say World Traveler!

4 thoughts on “In Hot Water

  1. I love the photo of the train beside the water – stunning! And the one of the trains through the fence is gorgeous too. My rugrat is obsessed with trains so he’ll be viewing this post.

    Still with you in spirit. 🙂

    1. Haha hey Megan thanks for saying Hi!! I wish the pictures from the train were better as the scenery was great but taking photos through glass leaves you with a lot of reflections. Oh well 🙂

  2. Peruvian scenery looked spectacular. River looked beautiful. Dustin, spontaneous marathon a few cities back? What were you thinking? I would spend that energy on that new brewery business plan (e.g. sample as much as you can to ensure you put in the “due diligence” for your successful future business venture. The more you sample, the better the plan…). Safe travels. 🙂

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