Day 7 Bogota

We arrive in the afternoon at Bogota, we get a driver at the kiosk outside the airport to our hotel, we pay for it there, recommended safest way to travel by many.

We get to our hotel room 1/2 later, flight was short, so we check in, and halleFreakiglujah, we have an elevator, and we are in the middle of the city, BoomChakalakBoom, I am ready to roll after a shower of course.

Our rooms are very big, almost to big, not overly furnished, only downside is our window faces a street that has a bar, and they love to party here!  We got in on a Wed and stayed Thursday and the music was hoppin’ past 3am both days, don’t these people have to work or sumptin??

We loved Bogota, the people are friendly, many speak English, the food is good and the price is right.  Yes you will see cops and military men with dogs and guns, “but an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”,  we felt very safe and secure.

 

We went to La Candelaria that day, we got a taxi from our hotel, I HIGHLY recommend getting a driver or having them wait (you will see why shorlty), it is very cool area, we walked until it started getting dark.  We have read that there isn’t much to do at night here and it isn’t the safest after dark, well, we found out that NO ONE wants to go back to Miraflores, (where our hotel was) at that time, it was getting dark, no cabs would take us, so I went to the book store and a very nice guy left his work station to walk us to a hotel down there so they could get us a safe ride home.  That is right HE LEFT his work, to walk us there.  I wish I had gotten his name so I could send him a Thank You, he spoke pretty good English so he told the guy there what we needed and where we needed to go and we got home safely.

So if you go to La Candelaria and plan on staying til almost dark, have you Taxi Wait, or do what we did the next day and hire a driver for 1/2 day to take you everywhere!

So we got home, showered, went out to eat , came back and went to sleep, because the next day was going to be busy….freaking husband, go go go!

 

 

Day 6 ….Cuzco on our way to Bogota Columbia

So we have to fly to Bogota early the next morning so we leave from Machu Picchu …. 1 1/2 hr train back to Olly, then we get a “taxi” which is a van that takes up to 8 people back to Cuzco another 2 hrs away because of frequent stops to pick up and drop off people on our way there.

Remember we just climbed for hours at Machu Picchu, and then what seem like hours, to get back to our room at the top of the hill!

So by the time we finally got to the hotel, I was tried and worn out, and again, we got a really nice hotel, but we are in high elevation and our hotel is on a hill , 40 stairs!  Yes I counted them!

Then again, my sons room is on the bottom floor, we are 3 stories up, with more stairs and the room is a 2 Story Apartment type thing!  OMG….come on…. so I did NOT go out that day.

While son and hubby went exploring I enjoyed my new place, I gathered up all our clothes that needed to be washed, there was a laundry at the bottom of the hill, they took it to them…not me, and I reconfigured out bags, ate some chocolate, drank some tea, took a shower to get refreshed for the climb down to dinner and then back up again!

Now the rooms were well worth it, super nice, like little apartments, it just so much stairs and climbing….enough already!

now back to my normal posts :) …

ok, soooo, maybe, not so normal….but who wants to be boring and normal anyway?

 

I will be doing my posts about the rest of trip , Cusco and Bog0ta shortly.  Got to get all my pics in order and edited.

so today, …. when we came back from our trip all my plants are blooming and tomatoes are showing up, and my son has the nerve to say my other son must have the green thumb  because it happened while we were gone!  Oh I Don’T think SO!   I planted, and watered and worked before I left, he doesn’t get all the glory now!

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Day 5 Machu Picchu

WOW, ……… it is totally just….WOW…..the journey to get here itself is crazy, and this place is magical.  We spent about 5 hours climbing around.  You can leave and come back so we did take a break for about an hour.  It is HUGE…and we didn’t do all of it.

So even being 50 and out of shape (me), I ended up climbing more then I thought and getting to the top, even if I did have to stop every 10 steps or so, it was worth it.  My son got some of the best high top views, cause he is young and in shape:)

This is by far one of the most gorgeous, intriguing places I have ever seen.  How did these people who built here even find this place?  How did they build here?  Where did the stones come from? How is it their structures are STILL here?  I don’t think we could do this in our modern age, it is CrAzY to think about.

If you can make it here, get here, this is definitely a once in a life time experience.

Look at how blue the sky is, how green the hills are, how beautiful and lush

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There were ALOT of stairs…lots of up and down, lots of breaks to make it to the top!

Some insights if planning a trip to Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu allows only 25oo visitors a day.  I think this is a great idea, this is a pristine country, I would hate to see it ruined because of tourism.  You see livestock grazing on the land as they should be.

Because of the ticket limit you need to buy your tickets early, they have a website Tickets for Machu Picchu where you can get them, here is a link to trip advisor that explains how to get them.  It is NOT easy, it is about a 3/4 step process.  Also there is a weight limit for the train and only backpacks and carry on luggage is allowed, that is way we did carry on’s this trip.  It worked in other ways as well, but this was the impetus for our change.  They do say the train station will let you stow extra luggage and if you are only going for the day and have a hotel room somewhere else, leave all the extras there.

Also, in order to get to there you have to take a train to Aguas Calientes, we used PeruRail, again this isn’t as easy as it sounds, there are 2 steps to actually buy the tickets then you have to BE IN Peru to pick them up 4 hours before your train leaves.  You can buy one-way and round- trip, I recommend round-trip unless you don’t know when you are coming back.  Remember you will see 3 different levels of trains and ONE of them I believe includes the ticket to Machu Picchu.

I really think if you leave from Cusco, you miss the Sacred Valley with its other wonders, so if you have time, check them out, you won’t be disappointed, a little tired and sore maybe:)

So just getting to Machu Picchu is in itself a quite difficult journey, but it is all worth it.

Here is a teaser for my next post….

 

the End of Day 4

So we spend about 5 hours seeing the sights in the Sacred Valley, then we board our Train for another 1 1/2 hr ride to our Hotel in Aguas Calientes.   This was one of the lower cost trains but the seats where comfy and they gave you snacks on the way.

We had to stop a few times to let people off (where I don’t know it was DARK) and to let other trains pass.  Very Narrow area for streets and trains, I am SO glad it was dark and I couldn’t see:)

So we get to Aguas Calientes, and it takes a while for us to find our Hotel Staffer who will walk us to our hotel, now I knew from the reviews it was going to be up a hill, but it was a 15 minute WALK UP a hill!  Luckily they helped us with our luggage up the hill and to our room.

We get there and while trying to catch our breather they are like “I see you only reserved 1 room but there are 3 of you”, so I am like no and yes….I pull out my folder and give them a copy of the TWO ROOMS we reserved!

So my son got a nice room on the ground floor, unfortunately, it was a busy walkway and he told us the next day very noisy as you can here everything.

Our room was awesome, it was also at the TOP of the 5th Floor with NO elevator….by the time we climbed up to our hotel, then to our hotel room I was DONE for the night

The room was huge with a balcony, and they could see I was done, so they brought up tea to our room N/C, and they brought breakfast up the next AM.  I took advantage of the tub.

so stayed in and got everything ready for Machu Picchu the next day while son and hubby went to look for water, atm and food.