Yesterday I did not have time to write because I went to Machu Picchu!
It's a long trip from Cusco to Machu Pichu. We left at 6:30 in the morning and got on a bus. It was a two hour bus ride to Ollantaytamba, where we got on a train for two hours to go to Aguas Calientes. Aguas Calientes is a town right under Machu Picchu. From there we boarded yet another bus to head up the mountain to get to Machu Picchu.
One Elder left his cardnet (ID basically that show we are from Peru or living here) on the bus and had to go chase it down. He barely made it in time to get on the train!
My two companions and I waiting for the train.
An Elder took my camera and took a picture of the Elders.
The town of Aguas Calientes. While in the town we passed by lots of restaurants and people will stand outside trying to get you inside to eat and buy food. One of them was really persistent as he told us that pretty girls ate free and won't we just come in?
Our tour guide was named Elvis and he took us on a tour and explained the history a little bit. I highly recommend learning about this amazing place. When we went there, I felt the spirit really strongly; I think it's a special place.
I found a dog in Machu Picchu! Sadly, I couldn't bring him home with me (my companions wouldn't let me).
Llamas are found all over Machu Picchu.
Our name tags.
This is the Sacred Rock. You can't tell from the picture but it's called that because it is shaped like the mountain behind it.
My group, which means all those that came with me and were in the MTC with me. We are missing some but that's a lot right there!
And that was my trip to Machu Picchu! It was a crazy, filled with adventure, type of day! Love you all!
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