Machu Picchu & Last Ride Day in Peru

Previous blog posts:

Ride Bikes in Peru?! Yes Please!
Seattle to Lima, then Cusco
Cusco to the Sacred Valley – Peru
Riding in the Sacred Valley of Peru


Machu Picchu & Last Ride Day in Peru
Finally the strike was over and we were able to go to Machu Picchu!  We took an early morning train to Aguas Calientes, where we caught a bus up to Machu Picchu.  It was certainly very touristy, but still quite enchanting.  The weather was all sorts of crazy.  Lots of thunder and lightning!

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catching the train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes


 

Our guide was waiting for us at the end of the train ride! (he wasn't interested in posing with the sign :))

Our guide was waiting for us at the end of the train ride! (he wasn’t interested in posing with the sign :))

 

After getting off the train, we had to catch a bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu - the line for the bus was LONG

After getting off the train, we had to catch a bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu – the line for the bus was LONG

 

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A group of Mountain Bikers in Machu Picchu

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The sky opened up in Machu Picchu

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Dark skies in Machu Picchu

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On the way back down, there had been a train derailment, so all of the returning trains were delayed.  It was very late by the time we got back to our lodging (not so good for my need for sleep ;))

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exhausted passenger waiting for the trains to start running

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sleepy mountain bikers – finally made it onto a train

 

After a very late night return to our hotel, we slept in (until 7am) ,packed up and loaded our luggage (into a vehicle that will shuttle it to our hotel in Cusco) and loaded up for our final day of riding in the Sacred Valley.

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Dropping in to the last trail (trailhead above 14,000ft)

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Our guide, Raul, giving a description of what’s ahead

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love the Peruvian landscape!

 

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Our guide Raul waiting for the group

 

 

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Our group!

 

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Inca land

 

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Inca land

 

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spectator

 

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all smiles ripping the flowy sections!

 

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more spectators

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final sections of the ride

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final sections of the ride

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delicious wine and cheese at a wine bar in Cusco

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final dinner is at the swankiest restaurant in Cusco – inside the Museo de Arte Precolombino

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Dinner on our last night!

 

Have you ever thought about traveling internationally with you bike?  I highly recommend it!  It’s the best way to see another country!  I’d be happy to chat with anyone about my experience in Peru, or any of my other international bike trip.

I’m already thinking about what’s next!!!  EcuadorItaly? New Zealand?

 

Thanks Big Mountain Bike Adventures for planning yet another incredible, and unforgettable trip!

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