|What you can get with those miles- A seat in front of the wing down to Lima|
|The drive into the Sacred Valley- Quinoa fields and the Andes|
|Take "that picture," put it on the holiday card.|
Getting there requires a train ticket from either the station at Tambo Del Inka, or from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes, which is at the base of the mountain. We ended up not taking the one at Tambo Del Inka because it only stops once per day, in the morning with an evening return. From Aguas Calientes, there is a shuttle that drives up to Machu Picchu if you’re not in the mood to hike up the hill (it looked like quite a hike).
My one tip here to avoid some of the crowds, is to forgo the hype of being there early in the morning. Unless you’re set on (and have tickets to) the hike to Huayna Picchu, or want to take your time to do the Sun Gate walk, you really don’t need all day. Plus, arriving in the afternoon means you arrive as everyone else is leaving. Honestly, the lighting later in the day makes the shadows even more dramatic (and can I just mention again how later in the day you might actually get pictures without approximately 354563 other tourists photobombing you??).
We were able to take our time, and feel at some points like we were the only ones there. It also cuts way back on the time you’ll spend waiting in lines to take the shuttle to and from Aguas Calientes.
|Maras Salt Pools- Don't miss this one. Also, don't get tricked by the guy trying to get the tourists to taste the water because it "tastes like ice cream." It does not taste like ice cream.|
|Day trips around the valley are a great deal, and more relaxing than the crowds at Agua Calientes and Machu Picchu.|
|River view from dinner after hiking Machu Picchu|
|The main dining room at Tambo Del Inka- We had several wonderful dinners by the fireplace.|
|Fava bean appetizer with Maras salt|
|A sacred valley 'traffic jam'. Yes, that's actually 4 donkeys.|
|This was the 'damage' for which this bill was rejected...|
|I thought it was raining in here...it was....|