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?