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16 Mar ’12

 

Some people hike the Inca Trail. Other take the train to Aguas Calientes to then visit the world renowned Machu Picchu. There are no roads up there so it’s one or the other. We were lucky to board the best train between Cuzco and Aguas Calientes. The Hiram Bingham from Orient Express. It’s on of those old style tchoo tchoo trains with a dining carriage and an observatory deck in the back. If you ask me, the price of +- 500 dollars for a return ticket, food, drinks and excellent service included, make it for a lot of travelers worthwhile. It’s a beautiful drive, next to a very aggressive Rio Sagrado meandering through the very lush landscape. It made me think back of the time I once took the Orient Express between Bangkok and Singapore, in 3 nights through 3 different countries, very different scenery.. lots of impressions. Anyway, we are now in Aguas Calientes, which reminds me of Asia in a strange way. The rickety buildings almost fall into the wild river, it’s all about tourism here and seeing Machu Picchu. It’s tropical, green, a bit gloomy because of its position in the valley…Soon it’s Machu Picchu time. let’s see if that will be worth this long trip or not.

 

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