Journey to the lost city

On the morning we were to visit Machu Picchu, Tim and I had our first street food experience in Peru. It was 8am and we’d had just arrived in the sleepy village of Ollantaytambo when we spotted a little stand with steam rising from a hot pan in the chilly early morning. Perched on small plastic chairs, we hungrily dug into the Peruvian equivalent of a bacon and egg roll – a flat bun filled with thin slices of Peruvian feta cheese and a fried egg. Fueled for the day ahead, we hopped onto a train to Aguas Calientes, the tourist town from which we’d catch another bus to Machu Picchu. With the ‘lost’ city within reach, our excitement was growing…

It doesn’t matter how many times you hear how jaw droppingly spectacular Machu Picchu is, nothing can prepare you for it. It is simply awe inspiring. Rising up from a deep gully of luscious cloud forest, and often shrouded in mist, it is truly majestic. According to the history books and our local guide, Machu Picchu was originally discovered by Yale University historian Hiram Bingham in 1911. The ruins had remained hidden for some 400 years. Today, the legendary city of the Incas remains largely intact and you can literally spend an entire day wandering around the grounds. We found the best part of the day was sunset, when most of the tourists had already left.

The next day, we hopped on the train back to Ollantaytambo. However, unbeknownst to us this was no ordinary train journey. We’d barely settled in our seats when a large crowd of over 50s from Brazil filled the carriage, each clapping their hands and singing songs at the top of their lungs. Bottles of beer were cracked open and it wasn’t long before the entire carriage was dancing the conga. What the hell had we got ourselves into here? It was 10.30am in the morning! With a never-ending soundtrack of songs, it soon became clear that these guys were ‘in the zone’. It didn’t take long before we joined the festivities with a round of beers. Just when we thought it couldn’t get any more festive, the train staff staged a real life fashion show down the isle! The Brazilians went wild! Baby Alpaca jumpers, shawls, coats, scarfs – you name it. Carnival had hit the Peruvian railway big time…

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6 Responses to Journey to the lost city

  1. Christina Moscovis says:

    OMG Love that! Crazy Brazilians, and their lust for life, no matter what age or time of the day!
    If you have any photos, please send over to me 😀

    • zoemarsh001 says:

      Thanks dudette. Will try and upload more photos on the blog when I figure it out and have time (I´m still getting the hang of this!!). At the moment, it´s been quite hard to keep my posts up to date as we´ve either been on the road or not near an internet cafe. Getting there… keep well! xx

  2. nikki Staadt says:

    I love it! I’m a convert… where is the nearest train station? So many places, so little time; at least here i can vicariously live the dream! love you, mum.x

    • zoemarsh001 says:

      Thanks for tuning in mum. I know, we´re saying the same thing now we´re here too – so many places, so little time!! There´s just so much to see and do over here – you really could spend a year travelling the length of the continent. Ah well….we think we might visit Brazil in 2014! Already planning…. xx

  3. Mel Davis says:

    Hi Zoe and Tim
    It looks like you had perfect weather on machu Picchu, it really is an amazing place. I can’t wait for my own travels to begin now! Less than a month to go. Will I be meeting you in Durban on June 26? I might try to buy a plane ticket before I leave.
    Safe travels, xx Mel

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