To reach Machu Picchu, it can be done in two ways: the first one is to go to the city of Cusco and take a train to Machu Picchu, or making a trek of 82km from Cusco to Machu Picchu railway. No roads or airport go from Cusco to Machu Picchu.
In my case I did the first. I took a bus that left me in Ollantaytambo, so I took the train that got on me to Machu Picchu village or Aguas Calientes. The train made the journey along the Urubamba River, I met a couple of Colombians very cool, I traveled with them in the train. We talked the route that they had done and how far they wanted to go.
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Arriving at the village of Machu Picchu I was expecting for someone from the hostel where I would hosted in those two days in the village, there are many hostels and places to sleep I went off season so there were many places to checked in. The hostel where I was staying in Cusco helped me to find this site that had the basics, I missed the tv, but how I was so tired I slept early because I had to get up at 5:00 am.
I had to go to the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu at the top of the mountain. When you reach the village of Machu Picchu, you can take small buses that are available for the transport so you can climb to the Inca citadel.
After climbing the mountain in the bus, I arrived at the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, I had to wait to open the doors at 6:00 PM. At the entrance you can hire guides to explain you the history about the citadel.
Once you logged to the citadel, It was foggy, so I started to looking for the entrance to climb the Machu Picchu mountain, the whole mountain was made of stone stairs, about 3 hours up and down the stairs, I wanted to climb the mountain Huayna Picchu but I didn’t get, It only gave tickets for up to 400 people and Machu Picchu mountain gave tickets to 800 people. At the top There is a small cabin to rest, we were few people at that time, some Japanese, two Argentinians, two Spanish and me.
Unfortunately I could not see the citadel because It was extremely foggy but the effort was worth reaching the summit and meet people from around the world along the rise and fall of the mountain.
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No words can describe the first impression that I had about Machu Picchu, what you see in photos is very small, a place that It has been nominated as one of the wonders of the world, it’s very impressive when you come and see the citadel in its splendor. It is something that I’m always going to bring in my mind. I have come to know so impressive place. I want to come back for Huayna Picchu mountain, I wish to come back to this beautiful place.
At the exit you can take the same bus to go to town or walk as some people do, in my case I took the bus to the citadel at 3 o’clock in the afternoon; I was tired to walk. When I left the citadel you can also stamp your passport that you visited Machu Picchu.
When I arrive to the village, I rested a couple of hours, after that I went out to eat and I met with my colombian friends that I met in the train, so we drink some beers at night. After a few drinks we had to said goodbye, I had to return to Cusco early in the morning.
Once in Cusco I come back to the hostel to take a shower and after that I kept walking in those beautiful streets.
I never felt tired to walk and learn more about this historic city, I definitely need to go back at some point of my life. I know I’ll be back in the citadel of the Incas called Machu Picchu, Cusco waits for me again!!!
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