Leaving the incredibly chilly potato farming village early in the morning, the group first picked up, as the hotel receipt named us, “profesor y enferma,” on the way to the village of Ollantaytambo to see the extensive ruins of the former Inca stronghold.
A couple hours’ touring later, we drove to lunch back near our earlier base at Urubamba.
Back again to Ollantaytambo, we boarded the Inca Rail train – Executive Class, of course – to Machu Picchu. Over the next 90 minutes, the train followed the course of the Urubamba River, dropping in elevation down to Aguas Calientes.
Arriving in the dark with the mountains looming around us, we climbed the steep village streets to our hotel. After an extremely large dinner, we went to bed early in preparation for a 6 AM departure to Machu Picchu.