we awoke extra early to take a taxi at 6 am to our train station. where we took a 1 1/2 hour train ride to the town of machu picchu.
wide awake and enjoying our early morning commute!
the town of machu picchu. from here we took a 15 minute bus ride up the mountain to the base of machu picchu.
the great-grandfather of my old boss put machu picchu on the map.
it is rainy season in cusco right now, so throughout the entire morning it was raining…but still beautiful!
a view with the clouds.
in the morning we climbed huayna picchu (the tall mountain in the back)…while it was pouring rain…
after our hike, i devoured the entire buffet at the lodge, and the sun kindly came out in the afternoon and proved just how incredible machu picchu really is.
this guy has the best view.
the watch tower.
the three-window temple.
i met up with some friends in the town square.
overall, the amount of planning and coordination that went into this portion of the trip was more than worth it. it truly was incredible. you would think with as much as we always hear people say how incredible of a place it is, it would be overrated and leave much to be wanting, but that certainly was not the case. i highly recommend taking the time to take a visit to machu picchu. it will be the most expensive thing you do in peru, but you will never regret it. it is quite mesmerizing.