We were seriously going to give Machu Picchu a miss due to the extortionate cost of getting there and getting in. From Cusco you should be able to catch the explorer train direct to Aguas Calliante ( the town of Machu Picchu ) however recent heavy rain has stopped this so you have to get a bus to Ollantaytambo and then catch the train. As the road to Machu Picchu is non -existent you are forced to take the train, a 27 mile journey taking two hours and costing $64 return. Of course you can take up the 4 day 3 night Inca trail hike starting from just outside Ollantaytambo and get the return train back after reaching Machu Picchu but at $475 a head this is also not a cheap option.
We decided to do the trip in one hit, why? its the rainy season and the trails are just mud.
So a 06:00 start for the bus to Ollantaytambo then a two hours spectacular train trip to Aguas Calliante, spectacular for one reason the river running beside the train line is in full force.
After reaching Aguas Calliante you than have to get another bus ( or walk to the world heritage site of Machu Picchu ) as it was throwing it down the bus seemed like the best option.
On the way to Machu Picchu.
When we arrived we were met by loads of disappointed tourists and inca trail hikers who had spent the last 7 hours waiting to catch a glimpse of the City. Low cloud and rain had other ideas. So when we reached the famous view points we were not surprised to find we could see anything..
Our first view of Machu Picchu.
Within a short while however the rain stopped !!!! and the sun seemed to be trying to break through, the result was a two minute window where the splendour of Machu Picchu was revealed. We were just lucky to be in the right place at the right time. Within 15 minutes it was again throwing it down with rain, the last views of Machu Picchu were gone.
Machu Picchu revealed.
Then finally all was lost to the rain and clouds.
Llamas in the mist.
We Traipsed around the site for about 3 hours trying desperately to envisage what the place must have been like in Inca times. After 3 hours of being rained on we called it a day and headed back to Aguas Calliante to get dry and get warmed up.
A local Pizza restaurant came to our rescue where Mal was allowed to hang out his wet cloths on the Pizza oven to dry.
Pizza drying machine.
So was Machu Picchu worth it......... on a good day it would be something totally awesome, in the wet and low cloud it certainly loses something.. This is now our third of the new seven wonders of the world and each of then so far has been seen in torrential rain...
This end the rain gods blog for Machu Picchu.