The only way is up!!
Thinking we would get stung by a dodgy tour agent we headed to the train station to book our tickets up to Machu Pichu. Our friend Claudia was trekking there over 4 days. We however sat on a train for 4 hours instead!! The train ride was ok until a huge tour group of Japanese got on and took over. When we arrivd in Aguas Callientes, which is the tourist stop over town for Machu Pichu we realised we were practically in the middle of jungle nd it was roasting hot. This town was so small that we actually ran into Claudia. We arranged to meet her at the towns only attraction, the hot springs!!! Bad isea, it was disgusting. Claudia assured us that the smell was sulpher but we weren't convinced!! Yuk! She had been up to Machu Pichu that day but spared us here stories and pictures as we were headed up early the next morning.
So 6am we were supposed to get picked up at our hostel by our guide but no one showed. So we made our way up there on the bus and got a private guide at the door. If it wasn't a cloudy day we would have seen the sun rise when we arrived!!
Our guide was pretty dramatic, but Im glad we got him becasue if we didnt we would have been walking around totally lost. The place is huge and is practically maze. Was amazing to see. We managed to get ticket to climb Wayna Pichu which is the mountain next to Machu Pichu. They only let 400 people climb it a day and we were in the second group at 10am. It started off ok, its all stairs right to the top, but not regular stairs, really steep, huge stairs which really worked the weakening thigh muscles!! Was actually really hard to climb it, im sure if this was a sea level activity we would have ran up no bother!!!! We got up in 45 minutes and they said it should take an hour so we must have done something right and we were in our typical city gear of jeans and converse!!!