Friday, June 19, 2009

Train to Aguas Calientes

So to get to Machu Picchu, we took the "back tracker" train from Cusco to Aguas Calientes. It took a few hours and every seat was full. The trip passed through mountainous areas and lots of farm land...

Once again, brilliant blue skies all along the way...

But suddenly the train came to an abrupt stop...

I asked these workers if there was a problem. 
They said no - they just wanted to chat with the conductor...

The train tracks followed the path of this river...

Here's where those wanting to hike the Inca Trail got off 
to meet up with their guides...

That's the train station in Aguas Calientes...

There are no cars here and only a few roads...

Drugs anyone?

Welcome to my town!

That sign looks familiar, doesn't it?

Just a sweet bird roaming around the restaurant...

Big Bro restaurant, cafe, and bar all in one!

Colorful tables...

We hiked to the botanical gardens and had 
a personal tour...

...of all the plants...




Guess what she wants? Money or candy, please...

Aguas Calientes is visited mainly as a stopping over point for those wanting to get up to Machu Picchu. It has a lot of restaurants, bars, hotels, and souvenir shops. There are also the "hot springs" which we soaked in and from which we enjoyed terrific views of the surrounding mountains. The botanical garden was definitely worth a visit and there are some nice hiking trails to explore. But our main reason for coming here was to finally reach the majestic fortress city of the ancient Incas...

1 comment:

Oz Girl said...

Aguas Calientes looks like a fun lil town to visit. I remember the Huichol Indians around Puerto Vallarta... the children were always trying to sell small toys they had made, or were begging for money and candy. So sad.

Wonderful pics here!