Getting to Machu Picchu requires either a multi-day hike or a train ride. We (our tour) chose the latter. Boarding in Ollantaytambo, it’s about a 1.5 hour ride through the Urubamba River valley to Aguas Calientes, a small town developed exclusively for access to Machu Picchu. There are no cars and many tourists. Our train rolled into town late in the evening, and we woke at 4:30 the following morning to get in line for the busses that shuttle tourists up the mountain to the ruins. The line seemed infinitely long, but we arrived at the park just in time to see the first rays of morning sun peek over the surrounding mountains. As we made our way around, each view was more impressive than the last.
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