Machu Picchu, a mystical place
Machu Picchu Travel Blog› entry 5 of 8 › view all entries
April 14th, 2010 – by: tirsomaldonado
At 7.30 am we got to Piscacucho station and we still had some time to have something for breakfast.
Perurail has different trains to take you to Machu Picchu. There is a regular line and there is a special line where all wagons have windows on the sides and ceiling. The train was brand new and you had the best views over the trail we were following to get to our final destination. The landscapes were breathtaking, I felt like in the movie Jurasic Park when the main characters were driving trough the park! You could see how the weather had damaged most of the trajectory.
Right at the exit we met our guide, we had a personal guide for our own!!!!. First thing we asked him was the possibility to go up Waynapicchu. It seems to be that there are only 400 tickets a day to do that as the trails to go there are very narrow and they want to preserve it from use damage.
From Machu Picchu station you have to go across the market and go to the bus station. The bus takes around 30 minutes to go all the way to Machu Picchu.
Right at the ticket entrance our guide asked the organization if they still had tickets go up to Waynapicchu and …. Yess!!!! We were able to go all the way up to get the best views from Machu Picchu!! They make you sign a ticket and then you have to head towards the Waynapicchu ticket control right at the beginning of the trail. Be careful with professional cameras, they almost stopped me and forced me to leave all my equipment in a locker. I passed the first control, but the second control was even more risky. The guide was very bright and we switched bags so they did not notice I was taking all my equipment with me. If you want to take professional photos you need to ask for a permit, which takes a loooong time.
We started the way up quite fast as we were eager to arrive to the top but when we reached 35% of the trail we started to feel the fatigue. It was extremely hard and we were sweating like pigs. Besides, I was taking all my equipment in a bag and my shoes were not the right ones for that trail! It was hard, really hard. Actually we had to rest several occasions although it took us around 35 minutes to get there and the same time to go down. I don’t even know which is harder, the way up or down. It is exhausting to go up but there is a great level of difficulty going down. When we reached the top, we couldn’t believe it! We were totally wet and exhausted, but the views cured all our symptoms! Damn! That was just amazing, breathtaking, something you only see once in a lifetime! You could see the trail we followed with the bus, Matchu Picchu, the mountains surrounding it and the river Urubamba! I guess that I will never be able to express what how we felt when we saw this incredible scenario.
By the way, we met a guy from Spain on the way up to Machu Picchu and he contacted me through Facebook! His name is Carlos Garcia Miquelez, and he was a real traveller! he was visiting Perú all by himself!!!
We spent so time enjoying the views and taking some photos although I know it will be impossible to express everything you feel when you see it. The way down was terribly difficult! My legs were shaking and my shoes where all wet and slippery, so I had to be very cautious.
Tip: If you have time I would recommend you to go the day before, sleep in Aguascalientes and visit Machu Picchu next day. The organization closes at 5.30 pm, and after that it is quite difficult to find train tickets, so I also recommend you to stay the day after so you have more time to enjoy Machu Picchu. We arrived at 10.30am and we had to leave at 1pm to get our bus. We had to rush all over the place, so take it easy, go with some more time and enjoy one of the 7th World Wanders!
At 1pm we got the bus to go down to Machu Picchu rail station.
At 15:20 we were going back to Piscacucho station. Around 5pm a driver from the travel agency was waiting for us and took us 2 hours to get back to Cusco. We were exhausted so we lied down for a while before going for dinner! Great food again! I am attaching a review from the restaurant we ended up going to.
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