We reached Aguas Calientes after a 20 minutes bus ride. As the gateway to Machu Picchu, Aguas Calientes is a very touristy town. The Urubamba River and the large boulders reminded us the flood and landslide that closed down the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu for two months from the end of January 2010. When the flood hit a little over half a year before our trip, over 2000 tourists were stranded at Aguas Calientes waiting for evacuation by helicopters. Little trace from the flood remained by the time we set foot at the town at the end of our Inca Trail journey.
We had little to do in the town, and I was not feeling well at the moment with a bit of fever. So we pretty much stayed at the restaurant for the entire afternoon while other members of the tour group went to check out the small market and souvenir shops in Aguas Calientes. We were all exhausted and waiting for the train ride back to Ollantaytambo at 7:45pm.
Two packs of “local” chips bought across the street from the restaurant became our “supper” on the train. The train took us to Ollantaytambo in about two hours. From there, Peru Treks arranged a bus that took us all back to Cusco. By the time we reached Cusco it was almost midnight. We bid farewell to the Peru Trek team and headed back to Ninos Hotel for the night. That concluded our 4-day Inca Trail experience.
The Urubamba River in Aguas Calientes.
Frequent shuttle bus runs to Machu Picchu from Aguas Calientes.
All businesses in Aguas Calientes depend on tourism of Machu Picchu.
The railway track runs right in the middle of Aguas Calientes’ main street.
We waited at the restaurant arranged by Peru Treks until late afternoon.
I wasn’t feeling well towards the end of the Inca Trail journey, and spent most of the afternoon resting at the restaurant.
Two packs of “local” chips were all we had for dinner after the remarkable Inca Trail journey.
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AREQUIPA & COLCA CANYON
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4. Plaza de Armas, Arequipa, Peru
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10. Afternoon on Taquile Island, Titicaca, Peru
11. Morning on Taquile, Titicaca, Peru
12. Inka Express, Puno to Cusco, Peru
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14. Salinas de Maras, & Moray, Sacred Valley, Peru
15. Lucuma Milkshake & Plaza de Armas, Cusco, Peru
16. Saksaywaman, Cusco, Peru
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20. Winay Wayna to Machu Picchu, Inca Trail, Peru
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22. Machu Picchu in Black and White, Inca Trail, Peru
23. Afterthought, Inca Trail, Peru
LAST DAY IN CUSCO & LIMA
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25. Last Day in Peru, Lima, Peru