Enchanting Peru (6): Train Ride to Machu Picchu
PeruRail is the third highest railway in the world after the Qinghai–Tibet Railway to Tibet and the FCCA line from Lima to Huancayo, and is the longest line in Peru. —Wikipedia
The night before the big day (trip to Machu Picchua), we were told by our tour guide to get our luggage packed and place it outside of our hotel room before 4:45 am and the breakfast would start serving at 4:30 am.
Unlike other trips, this one was more like a mission. At around 5:15 am, we carried our backpack, hiking sticks, camera… and were ready to get on the tour bus. Everyone was quiet and looked pretty anxious. M came to me and said,”Smile, Amy…”, but he wasn’t smiling. I said something to hubby, he didn’t hear a word.
The tour bus dropped us off at the Cuzco train station. And the train journey started a little after 7:00 am.
The scenery of this 90-minute train trip was stunning, say the least. It was difficult to stand still on the train. Somehow, I managed to take some photos through windows on both sides of the train with my iPhone 8+.
“The line between Cusco and Machu Picchu – Ferrocarril Santa Ana – is a 3 ft (914 mm) narrow gauge line, which boasts a series of five switchbacks called locally ‘El Zig-Zag’, which enable the train to climb up the steep incline out of Cusco, before it can begin its descent to the Sacred Valley of the Incas and then continue down to Machu Picchu.” — Wikipedia
N and I went to the back of the train to take a few more photos. This forest extends all the way to Peruvian Amazon Rainforest.
Off the train, we were transported to a local bus to Muchu Picchu. We, then, showed our passport to get the entrance ticket. Finally, we passed the narrow gate and followed the path. A while later, the majestic Muchu Picchu mountains appeared right in front of us.
From there on, we couldn’t stop clicking. Except N, she walked up toward the mountains, then stretched out her arms yelling, “OMG! I made it, Michua Picchu!!! I love, love it! ” Actually, we had some serious hiking ahead of us.
When I saw this sign pointing to Machu Piccha, my heart was pounding fast…
We started hiking up then down to the ruin. It was a few minutes before 10 am. It was cloudy, but no rain.