Peru 2008: Day 2 - Journey from Lima to Agua Caliente via plane, bus, taxi, and train
Aguas Calientes Travel Blog› entry 6 of 11 › view all entries
November 7th, 2008 – by: jenniparks
After gathering our bags, we headed out to catch a taxi to the local bus station. Having read the tips to getting a cheap taxi, we breezed past the "official" taxi services peddled inside and just outside the airport that wanted 10-20 US dollars to take us to the station and found more than 1 local independant drivers willing to take us for 4 soles (3 soles= 1 US dollar).
The bus was in excellent mechanical condition but VERY crowded and the seats were very very small. It was quite an uncomfortable ride for both of us, but we counted it as part of our authentic adventure.
After lunch we walked down to the PeruRail station and traded our e-tickets for boarding passes and waited to board our Vistadome train destined for Agua Caliente. We pulled out of the Ollantaytambo station at 4pm and arrived into Agua Caliente a few hours later.
Once we disembarked from the train here in Agua Caliente we made our way nervously to our hotel - Hanaqpacha Inn. We had been booked into this hotel by our trip consolidator (lanvacations.com) but had read so-so reviews about the place on tripadvisor.com and other sites. Turns out there was nothing to be worried about. Our room was more than adequate, comfortable, and had a lovely view of the streets below.
Once we checked into the hotel we enjoyed a slow-paced self-guided tour of this small town before choosing one of the many pizzarias in town (the further up the main road Avenue Pachacuteo you go the cheaper the food) for dinner.
After dinner we walked all the way up Avenue Pachacuteo (the road basically climbs a hill as it progresses) to the Hot Springs for which the town is named. Entry was about 10 soles per person, and they have towels for rent should you need one. There are multiple pools of the hot spring water and they're all pretty crowded with tourists from all over the world. We had a great time relaxing our tired muscles in the hot water and now we've found ourselves back at the hotel and ready to sleep! Tomorrow we visit Machu Picchu. Can't wait!
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