A ninety minute train ride from Ollantaytambo leads into Aguas
a village nestled in the deep valley beneath Machu Picchu. Also known
as Machu Picchu Pueblo, Aguas Calientes derives its name from its natural
thermal hot springs.
My Lonely Planet guide notes that the Puente ruins
are only one kilometer from
our hotel. This gets me excited, so I lead my group on an afternoon
to find them. After several kilometers, we come across Puente Ruinas,
keep going, eventually coming across the back route
to Machu Picchu.
It then begins to rain and doesn't let up all night.
We retire early as we are going to be catching the 5:20 bus in the
morning, the first one up to Machu Picchu. This will get us there before
most of the tourists, who tend to start arriving around ten in the morning.
This also means that our first glimpse of Machu Picchu will be shrouded
which will slowly burn off as the morning progresses. I for
one have no complaints.
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