Winay Wyana ----- Destionation: Machu Pichu!!
We hardly slept last night. The anticipation of being there was unbearable :). It was much warmer that the previous night. We were to leave earlier than usual and breakfast was unthinkable so early, though i did try to coax myself into eating some toast.
Packed , we set off at 4:30 AM. It was close to an hours wait at the gate. We were the fourth team that got there and we waited for the gates to open. They soon did..and then the rush began.
The final day felt like a race to the finish line, no kidding it really did. There were close to 15 groups all trekking up trying to get to Machu Pichu as soon as possible. The trail was narrow and we did our best to keep pace. After about an hour I started feeling the need for some sugar...So we stopped and got a few biscuits and later hurried up to Sun Gate to catch up with the rest of the group.
|Our first glimpse of Machu Pichu from Sungate|
|Relaxing at Sungate|
|A more atmospheric shot of Machu Pichu , (along the way)|
I just can't imagine that something like this was built 500 years back and if the ruins are so spectacular ,I would have really liked to see this sprawling Inca city during its moment of glory centuries back.
|We did it!!... The entire team|
|I was there :)...|
|'Recinto Del Guardian' - Guardhouse|
|Temple of the Condor|
|Sun Dial in Machu Pichu|
So we walked back and took the bus to Aguas Calientes. It is a small town known for its hot springs.
The group converged here for a meal together. It was good catching up and everyone seemed more relaxed.
The train tracks run along the roads and there are restaurants on both sides :).
Haven seen scenes like these among the Himalayan Kingdoms in India and this most certainly reminded me of home,
|Aguas Callantinas..Peru Rail|
Some light dinner and we were all set. The train was only as far as Ollayatambo from where we took the bus back to Cusco.
Tired, but extremely satisfied I had to pinch myself to believe that I had just visited Machu Pichu :).