Machu Picchu Pueblo

I took the bus then the train from Cusco to Machu Picchu Pueblo (also called “Aquas Calientes” or “Warm Waters” for the town’s natural hot springs) for the night before my visit to the ruins themselves. The town has a bum rap — people say it’s noisy, messy and ugly. I guess they’re right, but I liked it anyway. 

It has some wonderful fountains and sculptures that show the strength of the Inca culture here, plus I enjoyed the hustle and bustle of the city. Also, no matter where you are in the town, you can hear the mighty Urubamba River and are surrounded by the mountain sides which rise almost completely straight up. They’re dizzying to look at.

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Ollantaytambo Station

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I was in car B

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Perurail’s pretty tablecloths, or maybe it’s a table runner?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe inside of the train car. The skylight windows allow for some great views, especially at night, more on that in another post.

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Perurail’s (not-so-pretty) view of the Urubamba River. There are some Inca terraces on the right hand side.

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The fountain in Machu Picchu Pueblo’s main plaza.

P4150873Another sun and a scene of Machu Picchu in bench.

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Urubamba’s infamous architecture.

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Another sun, and some frogs for trash bins, just for fun I guess.

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