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12 viewsAfter a bus ride so much longer than it needed to be that even the LOCALS were getting upset, we caught this collectivo. You said you wanted adventure!
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10 viewsThe flat tire did at least let us stretch our legs and enjoy the scenery.
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8 viewsWell, in the middle of nowhere and with little choice, two bolts would have to do.
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19 viewsThe next collectivo was in much better shape.
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10 viewsMost scenery photos from the car looked like this.
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11 viewsAs you may have heard, flooding closed down Machu Picchu for some time. This is now one way across the river.
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10 viewsLooking down the valley as we cross the river on a cable system.
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10 viewsForward view of the river crossing.
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10 viewsAlthough we were rushing to catch the last train there was still time for a photo or two.
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12 viewsAfter 10 hours of travel, we missed the last train by 10 minutes. So it was a two hour walk along the tracks to our destination, Aguas Calientes. Mostly in the dark.
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16 viewsThe next morning, waiting for the gates of Machu Picchu to open. We set out at 4 AM to be near the front.
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11 viewsWe were thankfully at the front of this line, or 12 people from the front to be specific. Time, 5:58 AM.
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11 viewsAs the gates opened at 6 AM, the whole of Machu Picchu was shrowded in fog.
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12 viewsA small patch clears giving us our first glimpse of the magnificent surroundings.
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12 viewsIt was so quiet in Machu Picchu first thing in the morning that our first group photo had to be Photoshopped.
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11 viewsIt didn't take us long to cross from one side of Machu Picchu to the other. This is looking back.
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12 viewsLlamas patrol the grounds, keeping the grass lean and green.
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11 viewsIt was an early morning for them too.
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11 viewsThe Warden's House overlooks Machu Picchu.
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13 viewsThe sun starts really shining and melting the cloud.
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