Day Six Aquas Caliente: Trains in the Andes

Our hotel arranged for a cab to drive us the thirty minutes to the train station up the mountain from Cuzco. Yes that is right. We drove uphill from the hotel until I thought my ears were going to pop. It reminded me of being in Bolivia with Brenda last summer and leaving in the morning from Cochabamba to visit villages in the mountains where World Vision is working. Bolivia is very close to where we are today, sharing the mountain range with Peru. It is amazing to see how people have adjusted to living at these kinds of altitudes.

The Andean countryside is perhaps best be viewed by rail – seems true of most countries where this is an option. Our journey on Perurail was only 56 km however it would take us more than four hours.

Arriving at our destination of Aquas Caliente it would become our base camp for the visit to MachuPicchu tomorrow. When you get off the train you are guided through dozens of tourist stalls selling mostly all he same things. They have certainly caught on to the dollars that can be made in tourism. We were met by an escort assigned by the hotel to walk us there through the gauntlet of restaurant owners trying to convince the two new gringos in town to eat at their place.

With the population swelled by backpackers and people from every nation, Aquas Caliente began to remind us of familiar mountain towns like Whistler or Banff in an Andean kind of way.

We had time in the afternoon for a nap and then to scout where we might go for supper that night. We found a funky fusion foodie place that even provided wifi although our attempts to connect with wives fell flat. It had nautical decor, more of a pirate kind than a yacht club – still funny to find in the mountains.

Over supper we discussed just how blessed we have already been this week. The people we have met and the sights we are seeing. I have also been blessed by emails from my family (both natural and church) telling me of their prayers and how I’m missed. They are enjoying following the trip virtually.

An insight from today, life friends are the best. 

5 thoughts on “Day Six Aquas Caliente: Trains in the Andes

  1. what facebook address are you referring to? i checked your carson pue page and found nada.

  2. Interesting to read your reports, and hear that you are in the area of Cochabamba. In the 1960s we had a fellow stay with us who was based there as an radio techie in support of the Wycliffe Bible Translators working in the area and the Jungle Aviation Pilots trying to keep some connection to the “outside” – no wifi in those days.

  3. It will be interesting to hear what surprised you about Machu P and what was just as you imagined. Always seems like a mysterious place. Post some more photos when you can.

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