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YEY! We made it!

We reached Aguas Calientes at around 9am.  Aguas Calientes is a small town with no more than a few hundred residents.  The “downtown” area is about three squared city blocks and every inch of it is setup up to cater to tourists.   The train station is within walking distance.  As soon as we got to Aguas Calientes we bought our ticket to get back to Cusco; $50.00 each.   We did this because it gets sold out very soon and early in the morning, depending on the season you go, you might actually not be able to get the ticket there, trains get booked soon.  So if you can, buy your ticket at Cusco.  We wanted to rest but Sarah wanted to shop around for a few souvenirs.

Aguas Calientes
   Everything at Aguas Calientes is expensive.  So, if you want to save on money and spare the weight to carry around stuff, buy everything at Cusco.  

We started to find out how to get to Machu Pichu.   A kid told us that we could take a shuttle ($10.00 per person) to get to Machu Pichu, faster.  I asked him, how long it would take if we did not take the bus, “one hour” he said.  And he pointed to the direction by lifting his hand at almost a 90 degree angle.  We all looked up and saw the peak.   Back to eye level, we all looked at each other with open mouth and raised eyebrows.  After all the hiking we still had about a vertical mile to go.  All stairs.

Shuttle road up to Machu Pichu

We started our last stair flight soon after rounded Aguas Calientes, or so we thought.  We lined up in front of line of people getting ready to start the uphill path.   We waited for a bout five minutes to get in the path and start the climb.   Ten minutes after, we people on the side began to become part of the scene.   People were either tired, catching their breath, drinking water, stretching, taking pictures, waiting for their friend, recovering from cramps and others just taking their time, all these were the reasons people were on the side of the stair path.  Twenty minutes, the stair path began to be less congested. 

We all made it fine to the top.  But after we sat for a few minutes we started to fell it.  I felt these muscle spasms all over my legs.

Train
   Melissa, Julio, and Roger began to feel them too.   We needed water.  We were out and bought water at $4.00 per 8 ounce bottle.  I was also hungry, well, starving rather but food up there is EXPENSIVE. There is the Inca Emperor resort that charges up to $100 per night to stay there.   

We bought out entrance ticket ($20.00 per person) $12 or $15 if you have a student ID. At the entrance, you pay your $20 and you also need your Tourist Certificate.  A few people had forgotten the certificate or had lost them, there is a place up there where you can still get them but it think it cost twice as much.

We were so happy we made it! We were there! And now on to MACHU PICHU!

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YEY! We made it!
YEY! We made it!
Aguas Calientes
Aguas Calientes
Shuttle road up to Machu Pichu
Shuttle road up to Machu Pichu
Train
Train
First class, wow!
First class, wow!
Leaving Cusco
Leaving Cusco
Aguas Calientes
photo by: Vikram