Machu Picchu, Peru

Cusco is the hub to Machu Picchu. There are only a few ways to reach these sacred ruins. Either by hiking the Inca trail, about a four day trek taking Peru Rail into Aguascalientes then a bus to Machu Picchu. There are no roads leading into Aguas Calientes or Machu Picchu.
We took the train from Cusco to Aguascalientes and you can mike from the town to Machu Picchu about an hour hike but we wanted to conserve energy and opted for the first bus before sunrise. Well worth to get up to Machu Pichu before the rest of the world does best photo ops and stunning to watch the sun come up over the mountains and lite up the ruins- breathtaking
We were able to buy our train tickets on Peru Rail’s website, but our Machu Picchu tickets we could not buy online and were worried they would sell out for the day we wanted (Machu Picchu now regulates how many people are allowed into the site per day only 2,500 and only 400 can get passes to hike Huayna Picchu). Fortunately our hotel Rupa Wasi in Aguascalientes had our entrance tickets and passes to hike Huanya Picchu.
We stayed 2 nights in Aguascalientes which was perfect for us we were able to go back to our hotel after hiking the ruins all days shower and relax. We also got to meet up with friends in Aguascalientes.

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Cusco, Peru

We arrived at the bust station in Cusco early in the morning. We took a cab into the main square and found Starbucks!!! Which has free wifi and was a perfect place to hang out until we cold check into our hotel. Our hotel Casita Inn was a 5min cab ride into the main square of Cusco and the cab ride was only a few dollars. Our Inn was owned and run by a local Peruvian family that were very warm, friendly and knowledgeable about Peru.

http://www.incasita.com

We enjoyed walking the streets of Cusco shopping the markets and drinking Pisco sours.
Our favorite restaurants were:
La Bodega 138- great pizza and wine not overly priced and great atmosphere
Jack’s Cafe- excellent lunch the sandwhiches are the best and defintely try the iced ginger tea. This place be busy but its worth the wait
Cicciolina- one word AMAZING food and wine! Usually need a reservation to sit in the main dining hall but we were able to sit at the bar with no reservations. This place is more upscale and romantic worth every penny.

Jackscafecusco.com, Cicciolinacuzco.com

From the plaza we walked up the hill to a church to see the views of Cusco. Some gentlemen convinced us to take a horse back ride to some Inca ruins right outside of Cusco it was beautiful and well worth it. I believe we only paid $20 for a two hour tour.