11-13th June 2014
On the third day, we were walking through the tropical rainforest. The weather was lovely and the trek a little easier than the previous day. In the afternoon, we arrived at hot springs and relaxed for the afternoon.
On day four, we trekked to Aguas Calintas along the railway line, the town near Machu Picchu. Today, we had only 2.5 hours walking so it was an easy day! We had the afternoon to relax before heading up to Machu Picchu on day 5. The world cup started today, all the cafes were showing the match so we watched the opening cermony and the first game that Brazil won.
On day five, we woke at 4.20am and hiked up to Machu Picchu arriving there to watch the sun rise. The place was impressive. Our guide gave us a short tour until 8.30am and after that we had the day to ourselves to explore.
The food at Machu Picchu is very expensive so we took up some rolls, ham and cheese and ate them for lunch with a hot cup of tea from the restaurant. After, we did the Machu Picchu Mountain hike which took us 2.5 hours (2000+ steps). It was tough going. We enjoyed the views on Machu Picchu until about 2.30pm and then set off back down the 1000+ steps back to Aguas Calintas.
I have added a few photos of Cusco, we spent about 5 days there in total. The city is pretty, nice restaurants, good market and even has an irish pub too, Paddy´s..highest pub in the world. We did the walking tour of the city which ended up being a hike to some old ruins above the city, which also had a nice viewpoint of the city.