On our first night in Peru, we had decided to get a nice hotel to rest after hours of travel. However, as you saw in my last post, we hardly even spent any time in the hotel.
The next morning we had to be up at 5 AM to catch our train to Aguas Calientes, our next stop before Macchu Picchu.
We had booked a couple of weeks in advanced the train and the entry to Machu Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain. I read some blogs online, and everyone said that they usually sell out. I played it safe and booked through PeruRail. Round trip for both of us was a little bit over $300 US Dollars.
The train is far more luxurious that what I expected. We first took a bus to Ollantaytambo, there, we had a train waiting. The trip from Cuzco to Ollantaytambo took about two hours, and about another hour and a half to Aguas Calientes, also known as Macchu Picchu town. If was was to go back, I would have probably stayed a day in Ollantaytambo and then take the train the next afternoon to Machu Picchu, but our time was short. PeruRail provided us with a full meal and excellent views. The trip felt like it went super fast.
Once we got to Aguas Calientes, we were greeted by beautiful views. The town is small but charming.
We stayed in La Cabana. I paid about $87 U.S. Dollars through Hotels.com. I have to say it is one of the best hotels I’ve ever stayed in. They had excellent customer service and told us everything we needed to know for our journey the next day.
We were super tired, and I needed to do some homework, so we told ourselves that we were going to take two hours to get rest (my husband) and do homework (me).
We had heard there was not much to do. However, we stayed pretty busy. We walked around the whole town and got ourselves into a private resort looking for flowers. When we got in, I had wondered why I didn’t book that place. When we got back to the hotel, I did a quick search and saw that it was a few hundred dollars to book. Yeah. That’s why.
After our quick adventure, we went to a little shopping market where we got a few souvenirs and a couple of paintings.
We went to the plaza area where there were plenty of restaurants. I again went for the quinoa soup. Although it was good, I have to say it didn’t top the one I had from the day before.
We also decided to pamper ourselves by getting massages. I was cheap, and we split the hour. We paid $40 for 30 minutes each. It was marvelous!
We walked out and saw school kids practicing a dance. We joined the crowd and enjoyed their performance. By now it was time to go to sleep. We had another early morning the next day. 3:30 AM to be exact.