Yesterday we had a long, yet wonderful day at Machu Picchu. In the morning, we left the hotel at 6:00 am, took at private shuttle to the train station (1 hour and 30 minutes), then got on the train to Machu Picchu (another hour and a half), then took a twenty minute shuttle to the top of Machu Picchu.
We spent about four hours, including an indulgent lunch at the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge, at Machu Picchu. After our tour, Max, Gloria, Terie and I meandered around a little bit, then had lunch while the rest of the crew hiked Huayna Picchu (the peak that you see in all the photos of Machu Picchu).
Later, we hung out at the train station in Aguas Calientes while everyone returned from the hike and then took the 6:00 pm train home, followed by an hour and a half shuttle back to the hotel.
Needless to say, it was a long day, but the sun came out for a couple of hours, and it wasn't too busy at Machu Picchu so we don't have a bunch of dots in our photos of hundreds of tourists in brightly colored ponchos.
Check out our photos from our trip, here.