On my way to Machu Picchu

Aguas Calientes Travel Blog

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Rise and shine at 5:45. There was someone in the lobby of the hotel. Great, they have 24 hours service! I had a cup of tea and waited for my guide, the same one as last night (he still couldn’t speak English J ), to walk me to the pickup point for the bus. How big was my surprise that it was just at the next corner? Just a 3 minute walk. I showed my ticket, got into the bus and after 10 minutes we left. Did I pay the guide for this? I was again surprised that we had a 2 hours ride to the train station in Ollantaytambo. There I just had to find the right train.

There was only one so I couldn’t miss it.

Yolanda, my translator, with red hair
In the train I got company of a girl from France, Anice. Too bad she spoke only France and Spanish. She tried to speak English to me and I tried to speak Spanish, but it won’t work. But there was also a Spanish Machu Picchu guide next to us, Yolanda, and she helped us talking a little bit. Suddenly the train stopped. They told us there was a fire in the mountains and we had to wait a little bit. But we waited 1 hour and 15 minutes… I used the time to write in my diary.

Then we continued our trip and arrived much too late in Aguas calientes. I said goodbye to Alice and there was a person waiting for me to bring me to my hotel, Las Rocas. It was the last hotel in the main street, just before the entrance of the Thermal baths. This was also a 5-10 minute walk, and he left saying that I should be in the lobby at 7 pm. I changed clothes and within 30 minutes I was at the Thermal bath. After 2 hours in the hot/warm water I had my rest and went back to the hotel. I grab a lunch and did some sightseeing in Aguas Calientes.
Just a random sign to see the place.
I got back at
18:50, just in time to meet the tour guide. At 7pm
I was waiting for the guide but nothing happened. How long should I wait. Didn’t know, but at 7:25 somebody called the hotel reception, and I heart them spelling my name, so I took over the phone. It was the guide with some information.


He told me:

Find the bus station yourself and be there at
5am and bring your tickets (???) Of course. Grab any bus and it will take you to Machu Picchu. When you leave the bus you will find me in front of the restaurant with the green umbrella’s. You will recognize me with my rainbow flag in my hand. That’s all, goodbye! Lucky me that I found the bus station already this afternoon. Oké, there was still time so again into town for diner. They all want you in there restaurant, because there is not much to do. I choose one and had diner. Walked back to the hotel at 9:30 and got to sleep. I had to. There is nothing to do in town, and I had to get up at 4:30.

yadilitta says:
oh! so sorry they were so unorganized, but happy you could it by your own. that is the tb spirit!
Posted on: Nov 06, 2008
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Cute
Cute
Yolanda, my translator, with red h…
Yolanda, my translator, with red …
Just a random sign to see the plac…
Just a random sign to see the pla…
Just a girl
Just a girl
Fire in the mounains
Fire in the mounains
Fire in the mounains
Fire in the mounains
Fire in the mounains
Fire in the mounains
Part of my lunch
Part of my lunch
INCA KOLA
INCA KOLA
The river
The river
The river
The river
Road to my hotel
Road to my hotel
Road in the centre
Road in the centre
Bridge
Bridge
River from the bridge taken
River from the bridge taken
Waitingroom for the train
Waitingroom for the train
Entrance trainstation
Entrance trainstation
shops...
shops...
Sunny
Sunny
Blue sky again :)
Blue sky again :)
On the main square
On the main square
On the main square
On the main square
Aguas Calientes
photo by: Vikram