We had a lovely midnight rest at our cosy hostel in Pisac. Since it seems to be low season right now we were the only ones staying there. Peace & quiet. Again the weather was stunning. We strolled down to the main market for a healthy breakfast with fresh fruit, yoghurt, granola and of coarse, a mango smoothie. After our shopping rage, well, mainly my shopping range, where we ‘scored’ gorgeous typical Peruvian ethnic accessories we we ready to head towards the Sacret Valley, namely, the ‘Machu Picchu’.
Before we would arrive there we still had to travel quite a bit. We took a local bus to Ollantaytambo of about 1.5h ride. Once arrived in Ollantaytambo which seems to be a beautiful village, we found out that we had forgotten our ‘cool professional tourist hiking shoes’ in the bus… Damn… Ok, this is not the end of the world, is it? We would just buy some ethnic Peruvian climbing shoes in Machu Picchu, we’ll find a way! But our bad luck didn’t end there…
Ready to catch the Peru rail to Machu Picchu, I apparently booked the retour ticket the other way around… Yes, I am a blondie! Thank god the very lovely lady behind the desk fixed us new tickets without extra costs. What a service! Tickets, check! Now, run! We only had 1min to catch the train… And so we did! And we had the best seats in the entire waggon, nice! The train ride is absolutely stunning. So peaceful! Seems like you are in a movie. Be careful not to fall a sleep… It’s so relaxing that you might, and you really do not want to wake up having missed everything! So keep your eyes open!
After a 1,5h train ride from Ollantaytambo we arrived in Machu Picchu… Hordes of tourist and a very fake, quite aggressive, atmosphere… We already started to miss our peace and quite in Pisac… But ok, stay positive! We’re staying at very basic hostel somewhere up the hill. The people at the reception are very friendly, but the rooms are fairly dirty and the shower water is, yes really, brown.
Hmm, Machu Picchu doesn’t seem to like us it seems… But still, try to keep our heads up high! Let’s go for dinner since we hadn’t eaten since breakfast. We were in doubt to go to the ‘Tree House’ which is recommended in the Rough Guide, or some fancier place downtown. We chose the second since we wanted to sit outside. Let’s go crazy and have a descent dinner! We deserved it after so much crap. So we went lose and a fresh Sauvignon Blanc and a tuna salad for LN and a vegetarian pasta for Griet. The wine was extremely overpriced and the glass was only filled for a third. On top of that the food was absolutely disgusting. We had 1 bite and that was it.
Now it is certain, Machu Picchu really is not fond of us… but we are willing to give it a second chance! So tomorrow we will wake up at 5 AM in order to take the first bus up to Machu Picchu. We are praying for nice weather. Hopefully Macho Machu Picchu will treat us well since we have a fairly heavy day ahead! Will be traveling to Puno tomorrow night by night bus. It will take us approx. 8 hours. So knackered we will be. We’re hoping to find beautiful Peru’s warmth back as soon as possible. You’re already being missed.
Now off to bed, empty,