After two weeks (I think) in Bolivia we crossed the border into Peru to make the most of the last days of our trip. At least the most our money would allow us to. Our first stop was in Puno, the Peruvian side of Lake Titicaca.
Since we had been checking out the lake for the last couple of days we were kinda hoping we would find something different in Puno, but it turns out we didn’t so we decided to stay there only for a few hours and go to Cusco at night. Before leaving we did checkout the lake again, to see the floating islands Puno is known for but the rain hurt the experience a bit plus we could not explore or our own since we had to stay with the tour crew to go back to land before our bus to Cusco.
We chilled in Cusco for the rest of the day and the next morning we took a bus to the hydropower station which is as far as cars go. From there you either take a train to Aguas Calientes or you walk 18 kms. Obviously we walked. Me and Rodrigo were genuinely more excited about the trail to Machu Picchu than the lost city itself. I wanna go back one day with more time and money and do the Inca Trail.
Aguas Calientes is the last stop before Machu Picchu. We crashed there for a night and the next morning we started the last leg of the trip. Again you can either take a bus or walk up the stairs. Again we walked.
When we got to the top we joined one of the guided tours groups – they are everywhere, just join a random group and you don’t have to pay -, but we quickly got bored of it and just started walking on our own. The trick to make the most of the experience is to stay there for the whole day cause once the guided tours are over Machu Picchu gets a lot emptier and you can just sit and relax for the rest of the day. So make sure to spend two nights in Aguas Calientes. I think I slept for like fifteen hours once we headed back there.
We’ve done now the whole commute back to Cusco and spent the last two days checking out parts of the city outside the cafes and nightclubs downtown we spent most of our time at. Me and Rodrigo are parting ways today so it was also a good opportunity to look back to the last few weeks and laugh at it.What a great time. He is going to Arequipa in a couple of days and I’m going back to Bolivia tonight.