On the day we arrived in Aguas Calientes, which is the village at the foot of the Machupicchu mountain, there was heavy rain in the late afternoon for several hours. We were concerned that we would have rain too during our visit of the famous Machupicchu ruins the next day. But what else could we do than buy the bus tickets for the next day, arrange a breakfast-to-go with our accommodation, have dinner and go to bed early?
Next morning we started into the day at 4 o’clock. At the bus station there was already a 30m long queue and it was quite cold due to clear sky. The buses started with their service an hour later, just at daybreak, and by this time the queue was already really long. We managed to get seats in the second bus of this day. Half an hour later we queued at the entrance of Machupicchu. After we were in the area we did as advised in the Lonely Planet – we took the first path on the left up the hill to the “caretaker hut”. From there you have a great overview over the whole place and it is supposed to be really quiet for a while until the area is filling up with tourists. And indeed it was quiet there for a long time and so we stayed there and watched as the sun rose above the mountains and brought light onto Machupicchu. Even as the main area filled up with people it was still nice up there. Sitting in the grass after the sun had dried it and just watching the stunning scenery from above. When more and more people found their way up the hill around 10pm we decided to do our walk through the area, because it wouldn’t get any better soon and the sun was shining mercyless on us. You have to know that there are only two weather conditions at Machupicchu – hot sun or raining cats and dogs. Of course we preferred the hot sun, but since there is not much shelter at the site, we had enough after 6 hours and returned to Aguas Calientes.
Our resumeé: The train ticket to get to MP is ridiculously expensive and Aguas Calientes is a rather deterrent and over-touristy place – but Oh my God: The ruins are so beautiful and it’s magical being there for real, even if you’ve already seen them on pictures for a thousand times!!!