Alleys of Mountain Towns
Take some time to walk around the mountain towns before moving on the next one. This is the one big advantage of not joining tours, so take your time. Locals found it very strange to see me walking along the alleys by myself, and often stared at me. They were more curious than hostile, but sometimes it did rub on me a bit when I got stared whereever I went.
The doors of the houses were always left open, so I often stopped and took a quick peek to see how it was like inside.
There were very little other tourists when I travelled through the valley, so it was kind of exciting to have places with only locals showing up.
What I took for the Inca Trail Hike
The hiking bag I had was a bit too big for the long, steep haul, so I ended up borrowing something smaller from the travel agency. Basically, get the smallest day pack you can find and take only what you can in there. 2 t-shirts, 1 sweatshirt, 1 poncho, 1 pants, 1 shorts, 4 pairs of socks (one for each day), 4 pairs of undies (one for each day), ball cap A roll of TP, travel size toothbrush, toothbrush, and soap, and a shampoo/conditioner sample. The travel agency provided us with soaps to wash our hands with at each meal so you only need enough to wash up with on the last day (if you want). I just took a regular camera with zoom lens built in. Took lots of great pix but you'll want to share these with everyone so a digital camera is probably best. sunscreen/sunblock;
you can buy a hiking stick in the towns you will stop in just before the hike - it would have made a good souvenir but someone took my stick in machu picchu (we had to leave it at the gate) :(
all other gear was provided by the tour agency Immodium AD - fortunately I didn't need it but you never know....
This is the tourist information office where you can know if the agency you're about to pay is a good one or not. Don't forget to go there before booking for a trek !
C'est le bureau d'information touristique ou vuos pourrez savoir si l'agence que vous etes sur le point de payer est une bonne ou une mauvaise agence. N'oubliez pas d'y passer avant de reserver votre trek !
Address > Plaza de Armas- Portal de Carrizus 250
no trains between both stations.....
ESTACION DEL SUR:to juliaca,puno and arequipa...normal gauge
ESTACION DE SAN PEDRO:to aguas calientes (and machu picchu)and,former,to quillabamba...narrow gauge
between both stations:no train...because market place?...but possibility of transit between both gauges:3 rails,as seen on pic.
TIMETABLES TO MACHUPICCHU:see AGUAS CALIENTES page!
TO MACHUPICCHU:see my AGUAS CALIENTES-MACHUPICCHU page!
TO JULIACA (puno/arequipa) see my SICUANI page!
Good service without the hussle
Nice atmosphere, near the heart of the city without the hussle of people outside shoving menus at your face. Good prices and good food. My favorite is their homemade mash potatoes and the chocolate cake.