Thursday, June 14, 2012
Continuing in my series of travel photos from trip to Peru, I bring you the tiny town of Aguas Calientes, which lies at the base of Machu Picchu, and the train ride we took to get there.
There are only two ways to get to Machu Picchu--a 4 day hiking/camping journey through the mountains (which really didn't sound all that appealing to me!) or a 3 1/2 hour train ride to the town of Aguas Calientes, which we opted for!
The train was called the Vistadome because of the large windows across the sides and roof of the train, which allowed for amazing views of the countryside. There was some fun entertainment on the train!
And the views did not disappoint either!
When you reach the town, you have to walk from the train station to your hotel. There are no cars, just small cobblestone streets that lace up the side of the hill and wrap around the river.
The town itself is filled with amazing restaurants and colorful shops and eclectic locals!
Our favorite bar in town!
While on a hike through the rain forrest we came across two locals that hiked quite a ways just to sit and take turns playing the flute. It was so cool to see!
One of the more unique flowers we came across in the jungle around town...
Well that's all for now, stay tuned for Part 4 - Machu Picchu!
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