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.



Day 4, the journey begins….

So as you may or may not know, a lot of people who go to Machu Picchu actually skip Lima (which is a shame cause it is a cool city) and go straight to Cuzco and then to Machu Picchu.

However is Cusco is one of the highest cities in the world and Elevation Sickness is common.  Common enough that when we call the DR to tell him where we were going they gave us a Typhoid Shot, Hep A Shot, Antibiotics for Tummy Trouble, AND elevation sickness meds, standard.

We decided to skip Cusco and go straight to Aguas Calientes, (which is truly the starting point to get to Machu Picchu), for two reasons, to hopefully avoid any sickness, and second after the 1 1/2 hr plane ride to  Cusco you still have to take a train to Aguas Caliente, which is usually another 3hr train trip, and then from THERE you take a 30 minute bus ride up the mountains on a one lane high way to Machu Picchu.  So that means if you start from Cusco you have 2 to 3 1/2 hours of travel before your climb even begins.

So of course we find out that the Train Station in Cusco is closed for repairs, so we need to get to the train station in Ollantaytambo which is 1 1/2 hours outside of Cusco.  We decided to get a driver from KB Tambo tours and sight see on our way to Aguas Calientes because or our flight came in at 12.40 pm but the only train ticket we could get left at 7pm that night.

Then we would have an additional 1 1/2 train ride in the dark to get to Agqua Calientes, where we would check in eat and go to bed to get ready for Machu Picchu the next day.