Machu Picchu, Aguas Calientes, and Wayna Picchu

Hey everyone! Probably the best highlight out of studying abroad was seeing one of the seven wonders in the world, Machu Picchu. Although it was sad for once not to spend Father’s Day with my father, I sure did appreciate more than ever the fact that without him I would not have had the opportunity to experience all that I have during my stay in Cuzco.

To start my journey off to Machu Picchu the whole group took an hour and a half train ride to Aguas Calientes or “hot waters,” a small town in the jungle where we stayed for a night so we could go in the morning to Machu Picchu. Once we were settled in our hotel, we all went to explore around. It was quite hilarious and neat that within an hour you can go up and down the town. One important aspect we loved about Aguas Calientes was the warm jungle, so no one had to sleep in sweatpants!!

Early morning that Sunday, Father’s Day, we all woke up before 5 a.m. to head to Wayna Picchu. I was so excited since it had been on my bucket list and I could now finally achieve it. We got to Machu Picchu by 6 a.m. and all enjoyed the sunrise from up there. It was amazing. By 7, I had signed my name in a huge book, amongst many others, saying when I started hiking to Wayna Picchu!! It took me an hour and half to reach the top of the mountain. Our tour guide was awesome and made sure everyone got up there safely. We could not have asked for a better tour guide. The view was so breathtaking, I felt like I was on top of the world!!

Author: vanessa.ayllon

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