Today we were up at 500 am to catch a taxi the 25 min to the train station at Poroy. The train we had was a vista dome and so is mostly widows and a glass roof.
It is an almost 4 hour trip to go 100 km on this narrow (3 ft wide) gauge rail. The scenery was stunning.
The Inca trail!!!
In one section they do a zigzag maneuver down the mountain to drop 40 m in a very short distance.
We sat with a very nice couple Mike and Lynn from southern Ontario.
Arriving in the town we wandered to the main street and found a hotel for the next 2 nights. Then it was time for some souvenir shopping and a beer on the balcony to people watch. We were waiting on Steve the tiger, who was riding up the back way to the hydroelectric dam (200 km) to catch the train from there. We finally heard from him at 620. He did make the last train at 430, but he had had a crash on the way and was in a lot of pain from his ribs, but nothing seems broken except his bike mirror.
Looking up towards Machu Picchu.
Getting up at 430 we were in line for the bus at 5 am and not even on the first 3 busses!
We still arrived at the gate before it opened and saw all the poor youth who had walked the 2 hours up from the town.
Arriving at the first viewpoint we were amazed. We got our few photo ops done before anyone was into the site.
Then we wandered about for the rest of the morning. Highlights included the Inca houses, the observatory, and the Inca Bridge.
After making it back to town we all decided to head to the hot springs. Where else can you sit in the hot pools and gat bar service!