As I decided not to hike the trail I opted for the much easier option of catching the train up to Aguas Calientes. The train ride with Peru rail was quite beautiful with views of the surrounding landscape. The train itself was also extremely comfy and accommodating.
Once I arrived in Aguas Calientes I headed straight for a coffee shop overlooking the river and sat down with a book for a few hours. Some of our group decided to do the Lares Trek instead of the Inca Trail and arrived in Aguas calientes that afternoon so I joined them for a beautiful relax in the thermal springs that the town is named after.
The next morning I got up super early to get in line for the bus up to Machu Picchu and as my group was the first on the bus we were lucky to be the first into the site which was one of the most surreal experiences. We all walked through and couldn’t believe we were actually at MACHU PICCHU, something I’ve been dreaming about seeing for years. We wandered around on our tour learning about the importance of this particular ruin and the different areas. As you can see by the photos it is one of the most beautiful settings for an ancient city. I then met up with Alex and the rest of our group that hiked the Inca trail and got to wander around the site with them, as you can imagine they were all extremely tired but excited to be finally at the site.
Oh and I just had to add this photo of a sleeping llama because it’s a sleeping llama at Machu Picchu…