Sunday, November 2, 2008
So we have learned that everything we do involves multiple methods of transportation. Yesterday was no exception. We started with a 20 minute bus ride to the train station, then got on a 3.5 hour train ride to Machu Picchu, then another 20 minute bus ride up to Machu Picchu.
Anyways, the train was fabulous. There were two eating cars, then a bar car with a viewing area and open deck. The seats were either two person or four person tables....
We had brunch on the way to Machu Picchu and also some Cocao Tea with Piso! Yay! That was good! Then we had a picture taking session on the back of the train.
Here is our other sister, Michelle, with Grandad. Not really, but people keep asking her if she is one of the Williams girls.
So, after 3.5 hours we arrived at Machu Picchu. Diana, Dad, and I decided to do the 'Sun Gate' hike, which was the hardest of the three options. It was about an hour hike up the the spot where the Inca Trail ended and the travelers had the first sight of Machu Picchu. The Inca Trail was the only was for the Incas to get to Machu Picchu. It is surrounded by water and there were no other trails in. Today people come here to hike for about 3 days on the last leg of the trail and then get to Machu Picchu.
Here is Machu Picchu from the start of our hike:
Here it is once we got to the top of Sun Gate (you may have to click on it, it's to the left of me).
Important thing, there were Llamas and Chinchillas at Machu Picchu!
Machu Picchu was amazing and hard to explain. I think it is one of those places you just have to see for your self. Pictures don't do it justice. Here are a few more just as an attempt to explain what we saw:
It was beautiful and amazing and a great experience.
We are flying to Easter Island tonight, aka tomorrow morning!