We were not disappointed to leave Cusco for a couple of reasons. The first being that our bus journey would allow us to descend about six thousand feet, the second being that we were just 24 hours from visiting Machu Picchu! The following photos were taken on the road and we could already tell that we were going to fall in love with the Sacred Valley.
After dropping off our luggage at our villa (more on that in a future post), we headed to the station with small backpacks for our overnight adventure to Machu Picchu. We caught the Vistadome train to Aguas Calientes from Ollataytambo. A 90 minute trip in a multi windowed train to maximize viewing the scenery, transitioning us to a whole new ecosystem, pretty much a tropical rain forest.
The weather was tropical upon our arrival at Aguas Calientes, a town apparently with a sole mission of accommodating visitors to Machu Picchu. We checked into our hotel, went to buy our Machu Picchu bus tickets and then explored the markets amidst a complete downpour. Lesson of the day, don’t ever buy silver without Heather. Cindy wanted to buy a silver spoon and Heather stepped right in, grabbing the vendor’s calculator and asking her how much she sells it by the gram. A few minutes later, the price had been reduced by half. We then enjoyed an early dinner of pizza, salad and Pisco Sours before retiring to bed early in anticipation of our 4am wake up call.