Sunrise at Machu Picchu
The most convenient way to reach Machu Picchu, is to take one of the tourist buses. Since we had already climbed a mountain the previous day, we opted to take the bus. The buses start at 5:30am. And tourists line up early. We went at 4:45am and there was already a significant line. Fortunately, these Peruvians have this system down pat. Several buses arrived right on time and loaded up people as soon as the seats were full. We really didn't have to wait past 5:30am for a bus. And while waiting in line, a lady from Gringo Bill's found us and provided a sack lunch to take with us.
The bus driver does tend to go pretty fast on those winding roads...it was probably a good thing that it was dark and I couldn't see the drop off.
*Remember tickets must be bought in advance. There are ticket offices in Cuzco and Aguas Calientes.
I followed the self-guided tour of Machu Picchu that was located in my guidebook. I felt it gave me plenty of information.
We watched the sunrise, walked to the Inca bridge, and wandered the ruins as we read from the guidebook. And of course, the hill has several alpacas/llamas...we fed them our apple slices from our sack lunch.
See this mountain? Oh...that's just the leisurely stroll of Putukusi!
After an early morning, we were feeling rather exhausted and found a shady spot for a nap and a contraband picnic brunch...be careful of where you decide to eat. I think picnicking is frowned upon and you may be asked to leave.
We spent most of the morning at Machu Picchu before taking a bus back down the mountain. The last departure down the mountain is 5:45pm.
The train straight back to Cuzco wouldn't get us to the airport in time for our departure flight, so we took the train back to Ollantayambo and grabbed a taxi van back to Cuzco. Splitting the cost between the four of us, it was cheaper than the train. It took just about 2 hours because of the roads with tons of twists and turns. If you get car sick...prepare yourself!