Rise and shine, it is 6am. The first train from Hydroelectrica towards Machupicchu leaves early, so I have to get up on time again. A taxi brings me from the Eco Lodge in Santa Teresa to the train station named Hydroelectrica. Once I’m there, I realize that I could have easily done this by motor after the night I had just experienced! Yet, I still have to buy a train ticket for the Inca train that will bring me to Aguas Calientes within 30 minutes.
The inca city of Machupicchu
I’m almost there! One more local bus and I’m there. Yes! In Machupicchu! Who would have thought I’d ever have the pleasure of visiting this amazing place. It’s magical, it’s spiritual and it’s completely stunning. A local guide, who’s amazingly passionate about the place, shows me around and explains a lot about its past. The stones that have been placed really nicely are the original ones and those that are placed more chaotic are left over from the restoration. Weird right?
Walking on train tracks
Once I’ve had my Machupicchu experience I decide to walk back from Aguas Calientes to Hydroelectrica. I have to walk on the train tracks to get back and it’s pretty awesome. As I’m walking through the middle of the jungle many beautiful sights ask for attention. It’s a pretty long walk after all, and of course again, the locals told me it would be less. Once I’m getting closer to the Hydroelectrica train station it’s getting dark again. I made it just on time to catch a local taxi (probably the last one available) back to the Eco Lodge.
Rain at the hot springs
I made quite the walk today. I’m even kind of proud, so it’s time for a treat. Luckily the hot springs aren’t too far away! With the motorcycle I drive up to the “Ojo del Inca” and have a relaxing dip into the natural pools. The water is hot because of its volcanic grounds. Pretty tremendous! The only thing I forgot was that in the evening it always rains at this place… so of course, once you’re in the hot springs it starts to rain! Foolish, again I’ve let this happen. Quickly I get dressed and make my way back before the roads get to tough again and there’s no way to return to the hotel by motorcycle.
What a day!
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