Peru 2008: Day 3 - Machu Picchu and back to Cuzco
Machu Picchu Travel Blog› entry 7 of 11 › view all entries
November 8th, 2008 – by: jenniparks
This bus was much more spacious than the one we took yesterday from Cuzco, but the curves on the road are terrifying. At times we were right at the edge overlooking a steep drop off. The road up to the park is a series of long switchbacks and I've included a picture of it in the photos for today.
Machu Picchu is breathtaking. Simply spectacular what the Inca people accomplished here. And they certainly must not have been afraid of heights- this site is literally built into the mountainside, surrounded by the Andes on all sides with a view to the river valley far far below.
We stayed at Machu Picchu until the early afternoon and then took the bus back to Agua Caliente to relax. We took in a massage at the internet cafe/ice cream/massage place that sits on the corner of the town plaza. $20 for a full hour massage - can't beat that! After our massages we had a delicious 4 course French-Peruvian lunch at Indio Feliz. We started with a French Onion soup that had a little heat added vis a vis hot peruvian peppers. It was a great twist on the classic and something I'm going to try to replicate at home. For our main entries, we both had trout; I had the spicy French sauce and my husband enjoyed the mango salsa on his.
Just in time to catch the train back to Cuzco, we finished lunch and walked to the terminal. It was a long (4 hours) and uneventful ride back. We met some very nice people on the train from Europe (henceforth known as William the Englishman and Jonathan the Irishman). They had actually walked the Inca trail- a grueling 4 day hike to the Machu Picchu site from the Sacred Valley area of Peru.
Tomorrow we tour the Sacred Valley and then Cuzco in the evening. So far, so good!
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