Wednesday......Machu Picchu...SKIing..(Spending the Kids' Inheritance)

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Outside the house, across the road

I am outside the house at 8 and Manuel arrives with the van very promptly.  It is clean and comfortable.  We are at Poroy before 8:30 to catch the Hiram Bingham to Cusco.  www.perurail.com/Pages/hiram_bingham.htm  There is music and dancing at the station, also sparkling white and/or orange juice.  I opt for the sparkling white; are you surprised? 

 

A duo starts playing in the observation car shortly after we leave Poroy.  I get to have a go with the canastas, lucky me.

 

Once again the train follows the valley between mountains, however there are very few towns.

Looking left
  At one point we zigzag, like in Gooseberry Hill in Perth.  Apparently the cheaper trains leave earlier because they have to zigzag many times between Cusco and Poroy.  We go through some tunnels and there is often a river beside us.  The mountain peaks become quite pointed and the slopes very steep.  There are stone terraces made by the Incas and occasional ruins. 

 

We have brunch at 10:45, which is very nice.  We arrive at Aguas Calientes at around 12:15, get into buses and go up a steep zigzag road to the entrance to Machu Picchu.  Those who are staying at Sanctuary Lodge, www.

sanctuarylodge.net, including me, have time to go to our rooms for a few minutes.  The rooms are nice, but not fantastic, given the price.  You’re really paying for the convenience of being so close to the ruins.  Everyone else has to go up and down the zigzag road when they want to visit the ruins.  For me it’s a short walk.

 

We meet at 1:45 ish and 11 of us go into the ruins with our guide.  We spend around 2 ¼ hours going up and down stone steps, listening to the guide and asking questions.  There is only one area that I don’t go to because it is very steep and has no handrail; probably wouldn’t even go there with two good legs.  Sometimes someone gives me a hand as the steps are too steep, or there is nothing that I can hold onto to keep my balance.  Otherwise I manage to keep up with everyone else.  Machu Picchu is a magical place.

Streetscape Cusco
  There really aren’t that many tourists.  I’m somewhat surprised at the magnitude of MP and there’s plenty of room for everyone.  It's just at the beginning of the tourist season, but Sanctuary Lodge is booked out at the moment.

 

We have afternoon tea at Sanctuary Lodge at around 4:15 and it’s a magnificent spread.  Real afternoon tea like I imagine the British had in bygone days.  Lots of little cakes and sandwiches, including cucumber.

 

I had booked the “Poetry at SL” package, so at 5ish I was to meet with a Shaman.  I went with a translator to an area at the back of SL next to a waterfall.  As most of what the Shaman said was in Spanish and he spoke very slowly, I was able to understand most of what went on, without needing the translator.  It was basically a religious ceremony and interesting, as I wanted to understand more about the spiritual beliefs of the indigenous people.  As I headed back to my room, I came across a couple who I’d been talking to earlier and stopped and had a drink with them.  I had dinner at 7:30, had a nice hot shower and washed my hair (big event).  I wasn’t cold at all, such a relief after Cusco nights.  The bed was very comfortable; I had big plans for watching cable, but I was too tired.

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Outside the house, across the road
Outside the house, across the road
Looking left
Looking left
Looking right.  Condor, lit at nig…
Looking right. Condor, lit at ni…
Streetscape Cusco
Streetscape Cusco
Hiram Bingham.  OJ or champers?
Hiram Bingham. OJ or champers?
Dancers at station
Dancers at station
View of carriage
View of carriage
Singing/bongo/guitar duo
Singing/bongo/guitar duo
Looking back, just out of Poroy
Looking back, just out of Poroy
Changing backwards view
Changing backwards view
Changing backwards view
Changing backwards view
Aguas Calientes, where the train s…
Aguas Calientes, where the train …
View from bedroom window
View from bedroom window
Yes, its me at Machu Picchu
Yes, it's me at Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu walkway
Machu Picchu walkway
View from window at Machu Picchu
View from window at Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu
The stretchers not for me this ti…
The stretcher's not for me this t…
Find the chinchilla
Find the chinchilla
Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge
Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge
Buses out front of Sanctuary Lodge
Buses out front of Sanctuary Lodge
Bedroom, Machu Picchu
Bedroom, Machu Picchu
Requisites for the offering of the…
Requisites for the offering of th…
Lukas, Sharman
Lukas, Sharman
Duo, restaurant
Duo, restaurant
View of restaurant, Sanctuary Lodge
View of restaurant, Sanctuary Lodge
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