Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Scenes From Ollantaytambo & Aguas Calientes

This post really should have been before the post in Machu Picchu because these were the towns I had to pass through to get to the actual historical site. My travel companions and I took a bus to Ollantaytambo, where we had to catch the train to Machu Picchu city, a.k.a, Aguas Calientes. 

We met a guy (I forget his name now) from Israel who informed us that he was traveling around for about 3 months and he was already 1 month in. In that time, he had been to Chile, Argentina and was going to several other countries and see places - one of which was the Galapagos islands. 

"Wow. That's one place I've always wanted to go to," I exclaimed. 
"Yes. I started out this trip expensive. I'm going to end this trip expensive," he said worriedly. 

There were many souvenir stalls leading up to the actual train station and I was contemplating about getting more souvenirs I still needed to get. Little did I know that prices were only going to get much higher after this point. 

Inside the train, which I was very surprised to find quite fancy. My guess is that the country have seen an influx of tourists wanting to go see the same site, that they have tried to make the journey as comfortable as they possibly can. 

I sipped on coca tea and couldn't help but feel sorry for the stranger in front of me who appeared to be experiencing severe elevation sickness. It was so severe that he had to get up to run to the bathroom to puke. Luckily he didn't puke in front of me. That would have been gross.

Aguas Calientes! (Hot waters) One step closer to Machu Picchu! We were to stay here for the night.

With the rest of the day to spare, we had to fill our bellies with food first. 

Then exploring the town and around our hostel. 

The view from the hostel's back balcony ... that is Urubamba river. Very strong waters, I'd say.