Machu Picchu!

Machu Picchu

Deciding to see Machu Pichhu in one day, we woke up at 5am on Thursday to get to Poroy, 20 minutes by cab from Cusco to catch our train to Aguas Calientes (3 hours by train). Once in Aguas Calientes, a tiny town in the valley below Machu Picchu we took a 30 minute bus up the hill to the entrance. Even though its the rainy season (the main reason we opted against hiking the Inca trail up) we were lucky enough to have a nearly clear day! The first thing we noticed, was the lack of security. While there are guards and a few ropes suggesting you ought not to go in certain areas, there weren’t many. Essentially, you could wander around at your leisure, clearly, we weren’t in the US any more…

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Cusco and Travel "Hazards"

Plaza De’Armas

So far, we’ve been pretty lucky in terms of travel annoyances. Nothing major has happened, a delayed flight (on a local airline-not surprising), and a few instances of language issues (taxis). But overall, not bad! Today, we woke up early to catch a flight to Cusco, once we arrived and booked our tickets for Machu Picchu we settled into our rooms. I was excited our room had a safe, so when we planned on going out, I tried to put the laptop in. It’s a miracle I’m currently writing from it. Defying physics, it made it into the safe, but could not be removed! We tried every angle, but it was stuck…after the concierge unsuccessfully attempted to get it out, he had the safe removed from the wall. Still, nothing. We were afraid we would have to saw it open in order to get it out! Luckily, after a few more attempts we were able to find the “perfect,” and apparently, only angle necessary.  I felt pretty ridiculous, I’m guessing that this had never happened before! But, I suppose if this is the worst thing that happens…thats not so bad!

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