An easy hike through lush tropical vegetation to Llactapata with our first views of Machu Picchu, followed by a downhill mud scramble to Hydroelectrica. Our trekking company set us up with amazing seats in the "great view" coach on the train ride to Aguas Calientes where we would hotel before continuing on to Machu Picchu tomorrow.
E.T. Phone Home
Gabo probably won’t get the "E.T. Phone Home" reference, but I’ll throw it in there anyway. He knows of one spots on the mountain where he can get enough reception to call home and talk to his dad – a nice thing when you’re stuck out in the wilderness for days on end.
Taking a Break
Shelby stops for a break with a majestic background as we hike from La Playa up to Llactapata at the top of the mountain, then down again to Hydroelectrica where a train will take us to Aguas Calientes.
Like Father, Like Daughter
Through the Rain Forest
This Way to Machu Picchu
Ready to Roll
A dazzling array of colors on a vendor’s table at the Hydroelectrica train station. There is a long row of probably 20 vendors pretty much selling the same exact things, but everybody needs to make a buck somehow.