Peru and the Galapagos – 5

Aquas Calientes/Machu Picchu Town

This town is mostly a one night or two night town as a starting point for tourists arriving by train and an ending point for the hikers.  It is busy and packed with tourists, hence the restaurants are not really memorial.  You get the feeling that they know you won’t be back.  But it is fun, the rivers wild and noisy and given the expectations we were happy with our stay. We woke to pouring rain, slept in and then took in the sights to see around town.

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View from our room and the roaring river

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Urubamba River

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Main town, Inca Statue

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The residential area for those serving the tourists

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A typical shop stall

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Main street, RR track down the center

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Turismo Economico train unloading

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Train unloading, all goods come in by train

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Aquas Calientes River that separates the towns

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Aquas Calientes river

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Poinsettia trees

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Hotels along the river

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Urubamba River along the bus route

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Beautiful flowers

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Coleus flowers growing wild

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The town plan

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Town square near the residential and restaurant area

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Train station, end of the line

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Waterfall

 

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Restaurant near the river, local beer

We caught the Vista Dome train back to the Sacred Valley.

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Vista Dome train roof

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Narrow river canyon views

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Amazing Andes mountains

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Snow covered peaks along the way

 

We were picked up by shuttle van and driven to Cuzco.  The beer before we left may have been a mistake because as we were driving up over the pass (above 12,000 ft) I started to get altitude sickness and a migraine.  Needless to say, our first evening in Cuzco was very quiet as I drank lots of water and tried to get rid of a major headache.

Next:  Cuzco

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Peru and the Galapagos – 5

  1. Brings back sooo many memories! Tried so hard to learn how to fold the square, in order to carry my packing. 🙂 Have you tried yet?
    Thank you so much for taking the time to share… Anna

    • Thanks for the comment. I just fold my items into small laundry mesh bags when I pack to keep like items together. Have not tried the packing cubes. So glad you enjoy the blog, Vicki

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