Unfortunately we couldn´t go to a chinese restaurant the night before last as the one next to us had closed down and we couldn´t find another! We did, however, find an Irish bar and a McDonalds so all was well in the end! Earlier in the day we went to see some local Inca ruins which were very impressive-although it´s still hard to walk up too many steps without getting out of breath!
We got up really early yesterday to catch the train to Machu Picchu at 7-it was a 4 hour journey, after which we had to take a bus up a mountain, but it was worth it! I was even made to feel like a bit of a celebrity when two little Peruvian girls asked to take a picture of me!!!
The ruins are surrounded by massive mountains and everything looks so unspoilt. Apparently they want to put a cable car in in the near future which would just ruin it completely. It´s a lot bigger that than it looks in the photos, and you can see which builings were houses and which bits were farmland. We walked around for about 5 hours and I´m sure we still missed some bits-it´s like a maze! It´s an amazing place to visit though, especially as it was all built by hand so high up! Defintely a highlight of our trip so far!
We wanted to climb up to WaynaPicchu but they only let 400 people in each day and we arrived a bit too late! Instead of this it seemed like a good idea to climb Intipunku, which looked a bit smaller, but when we were about half way up we realised it was quite a bit higher! It took up about an hour and a half to climb up and down, but we had lots of rests as it was so steep! The views from the top were incredible though, and made it so worth while!
Tonight we´re heading to Puna and hopefully Bolivia afterwards, although a lady at our hostel told us there are violent protests there at the moment so we´ll have to see how it goes.