Mountain is the Wayna picchu. I am going to climb it!
This day began at . I was asked to be at the bus station at . I think I was there at . What a surprise how many people were already there. OMG.I think I will be in bus number 756 L. So my backup plan is starting. Just leave and walk a block around and arrive again at the front of the row. Talk to people, walk from left to right through the waiting people and everybody thinks you were there very early. At a truck is coming and makes the road wet..
Don’t ask, I don’t know why… Probably against the dust. At the first bus is coming, and the second and much, much more J.
Very early, at the busstation
I got in the second bus and the first 2 busses drove away at the same time. At the top I left the bus and looked for the restaurant. Hey, there is only one… but nobody there. Looked around but no flag. So I asked every man sitting there doing nothing if he was my guide. I found him. Oeps he sad, are you already here, I wasn’t expecting you the first half hour. Oh and here is my rainbow flag. He pulled it out of his jacket. He just told me to get in line with the other people and get through the gate. The guide has a flag with square colored blocks on it. The GUIDE ???? Then who are you? I am just from the agency to show you were to go L. With a flag?? I have something with flags! I got in line again with people from bus 10 I think and accidentally found the guide behind the entrance. There I discovered that more people are looking for the same guide. I seems that we are going to be a group of 14. It was strange but within 15 minutes we all were there. A short talk about what to do, and most people wanted to climb the Wayna Picchu, and nobody was talking about the sunrise what also was promised (on paper).
Not everybody can climb that mountain so you have to get a ticket for a certain time to climb the Wayna Picchu. I did not know where to go yet so I followed the others. It was almost running to the other side.There in line again and waited and waited.
Resting after quit a strong climb.
After 35 minutes I got my ticket for and walked out of the line and had to find the guide again. What I first found was Yolanda, the tour guide in the train! Then I found our tour guide very quick. He explained about Machu Picchu and we walked around to see the most important places. He was finished after 2 hours and I was on my own again at . The rest of the day is free to go. I had now almost 1 hour to wait till I can climb the Wayna Picchu. At I signed in, you have to write down your time of starting the climb, and your ageJ The first 10 minutes it’s just up and down to get to the other mountain. But then it is only upwards and steps only. Halfway I met a girl from the USA and we climbed together to the top.
I reach the top at so to the top in 1 hour (at my age). On the top you can climb through a rock to get to the top of the top J. I had a rest there, I needed it, and after 10 minutes sitting and enjoying the view a walked down again. At a signed out.
Now it is time the get to the exit for a snack and another drink. I had an original hamburger and a juice. Of course a bottle of water to take with me. After an hour resting I entered Machu Picchu again to see more and I had to climb the house for the spectacular view. Now it is easier to find my way at Machu Picchu, because I saw it from the Wayna Picchu. My legs did hurt already from the big climb, so I had troubles to get to the house on top. But at I was on top. I was very lucky that the weather was just perfect. It was a full sunny day and the temperatures were around 30° C.
The real guide
After seeing a little bit more of Machu Picchu I decided to leave and find a bus back to the town. On my way back I met Yolanda again. You know: the tour guide in the train. And again there is a girl sitting next to me in the bus. She walked the Inca trail and she wants a hot shower after 4 days with only cold water, and a real bed!
Back in Aguas Calientes I had to wait for my train and I walked again through the town to find something new. But my legs felt really tired so I decided to give them some rest in a restaurant with a cup of coffee. After meeting Yolanda again at the train station, we left at . This time we had only a unknown stop of 10 minutes and I am back in Ollantaytambo.
View from the Wayna Picchu.
After searching for 5 minutes I found the bus that will bring me back to Cusco. It was a little bit chaotic because this is a backpackers bus and a lot of people came on the bus. We arrived at in Cusco. They had put my luggage already in my new room. After using the internet for checking my flight, and arranging a taxi for the next morning I showered and went to bed very tired.
I'm planning on going here in October 2009. Did you go to Peru alone? As for Machu Picchu, I read that you had a guide. So you went with a tour group? I'm not sure if I should go to Peru alone especially because I'm a girl. I tried contacting a few people on TB because I need advice and things like that... but no one has replied for almost a week already. =( I'll ask you about staying at Aguas Calientes and how you went from Cuzco's airport to Aguas Calientes. Maybe I'll have more questions later. Thanks. =)
Posted on: Dec 12, 2008
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