Aguas Calientes - Machupicchu Off The Beaten Path

  • The Long Climb up
    The Long Climb up
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  • Mountain number 2.  Puctcuzi.  You game?
    Mountain number 2. Puctcuzi. You game?
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  • The Scenic Reward
    The Scenic Reward
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    Hike up Putucuzi

    by RawdgerDodger Updated Jan 4, 2008

    If you loved the hike up Waynupichu, the green mountain in all the famous photographs of Maachu Pichu, why not try out Putucuzi. It is the other mountain, less known, but still a great hike. Of course, after the climb up Waynupichu you might be very weary and tired but if you are in this part of town for longer then a few days, it will be well worth your time to go and hike up this mountain. This hike is unlike any hike you probably have done before. The reason being is all the ladders you climb to get to the top versus the plethora of stairs found on Waynupichu. But remember it is really a challenge to accomplish this feat. I dare you.

    The Long Climb up Mountain number 2.  Puctcuzi.  You game? The Scenic Reward Just Hanging off the Mountain here Entrance Off the tracks
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  • Hidden Treasures in Aguas Calientes

    by intiqori Written Dec 17, 2007

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    The town of Aguas Calientes is said to exist only to support the bustling economy created by tourists visiting Macchu Picchu. It sits in the valley below the ruins along the Urubamba River and is filled with restaurants and hotels catering to tourists. I missed the train out of town after my visit to Macchu Picchu, so I had the opportunity to traverse the streets of the city over the course of half a day. The main streets surrounding the square are filled with vendors accustomed to selling their wares or food to tourists, and it’s normal to be accosted by restaurant staff marketing their delicious Peruvian fare, pizza, seafood, or other delectables to tourists walking by on the street.

    Outside the few blocks surrounding the main plaza, I found local stores, delis, groceries, and other shops catering to locals. Booths and stores lined one street, selling everything from sportswear and lingerie to kitchen items and toys. Fewer tourists visit this side of town, and I found the locals to be quite friendly. The Pan-American soccer championship happened to be featuring a game between Uruguay and Peru on the evening of my visit, and store owners in every store were held captive by images of their national team playing the Uruguayan team on little black and white television sets in every store.

    I visited a local makeshift market hidden under a canvas roof by the banks of the river. Locals marketed everything from vegetables and dozens of varieties of potatoes to lamb, eggs, and other livestock from small tables. A more touristy market across the street and next to the Aguas Calientes train station sold sweaters, hats, gloves, and blankets made of llama and alpaca hair, small toys, jewelry, sculptures, artwork, tapestries, and other goods to thousands of tourists returning to Cusco and neighboring cities. Prices are very reasonable and store owners are willing to negotiate, often dropping their prices to make a sale.

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    Become a Millionaire!

    by Assenczo Written Sep 22, 2006

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    Viracocha is the dominant deity of the region. There are imprints (of his face mind you) in Tiahuanaco and Ollantaytambo. While in Bolivia, on the island of the Sun, his face is in desperate need of a spotlight (a tour guide comes handy with a laser one), in Ollantaytambo the features are much easier to recognise. What is puzzling though is the fact that Viracocha has missed Machu altogether. Well, he is not a mortal Spaniard, misled by Incas or uninterested in the location because of lack of gold. Moreover, Machu is the perfect spot for a deity hangout. How come the rocky mountains of the adjacent gorges have not been littered with images of his presence? Actually, there is an image in the immediate proximity of the “sanctuary” which unfortunately for the Peru tourist authorities has not been discovered yet. The time has come to give them a prompt. The only problem is that they are so aloof and insular that they would hardly take the advice of an “amateur”.

    Viracocha at his Machu dormitory
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    The hike to the waterfall

    by scippo Written Sep 16, 2006

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    Approx. 2 hours walk from centre of Aguas Calientes there is a waterfall middle of lush forest, which might be worth a visit if you have some spare time. We got the tip from the local tourism agency. There's no climbing involved, so the walk suitable for anyone.

    Take the gravel road towards Macchu Picchu until the bridge over the river. Don't cross the river, but instead continue up the stairs by the restaurant which brings you to railroad track. Follow the track for about 1 hour until you come to a railroad switch, where you also see a small farm house (Watch out for the passing trains, but don't worry, you will hear them from long distance). From the farm house you need to buy a ticket through a garden which costs you 5 soles. The guy will show you a foot path through his garden full of exotic plants. Continue the foot path for 30min and you will eventually get to a small water fall. Perfect spot for a picnic.

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    Wild flora

    by SirRichard Written Sep 24, 2005

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    All along the trail you will find magnificient examples of local flowers and plants. If you visit the site from Aguas Calientes you won't have so much chances, but you can still see some if you climb to the highest part of the Sanctuary...

    Orchidea
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    spur track:mountain railway without rack...

    by cbeaujean Written May 24, 2003

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    an other example,at the very moment of changing the switching...and of course going up now in the opposite direction...

    changing of direction
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    a mountain railway engineering:spur tracks...

    by cbeaujean Updated May 24, 2003

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    going to a up line with buffer.....then half turn through a switching to a upper line...
    it's the reason why you can see on this pic 3 times the railway line on a short space....

    overhanging cusco
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