Machu Picchu & Aguas Calientes
Almost everyone dreams to one day visit the 15th century Incan citadel, Machu Picchu. The site itself is beyond belief, unlimited with its magic & as a wonder of the world it simply needs to be experienced to be believed.
Machu Picchu’s former use still remains a mystery, but with its astronomical alignments, panoramic views & possibly the worlds greatest sunrise spectacular it is a must see.
We have always dreamt of hiking the Inca Trail & for us it was an easy choice to book our 2 day / 1 night trip with Evolution Treks Peru. I personally was into their sustainability efforts, as well as their commitment to female empowerment (as the only trek company with women part of their team). Our guide Ru was incredibly knowledgeable & even more passionate about the history of the trail & preferred to talk of it more as a ‘pilgrimage’ than anything else. We’ve probably never had a better guide (ever) & genuinely feel we owe our experience to him. We learnt so much & had a genuine connection to what we were doing, as he encouraged us all along the way to stop, sit, listen to the parrots & breathe the fresh mountain air. It was magic!
Agues Calientes is the tiny town at the base of Machu Picchu & offers lots of lodging from b&b’s to a number of more high end hotels. The town itself is a must see – don’t miss enjoying a coffee right next to the old, live railway, the towns thermal hot springs or sitting by its glacial clear river to enjoy lunch!