Location: Machu Picchu, Peru
It was an early morning, a very early morning. For the leaders of the day wakeup call came at 3:30 in the morning. In charge of waking up everyone up, the leaders gave a nice and gentle phonecall before they physically busted in too everyone’s room yelling “MACHU PICCHU, MACHU PICCHU!!” With only minimal physical enforcement, the group was on their way, headlamps lit for the base of Machu Picchu. As the sun rose higher in the sky, we climbed countless steps until finally we arrived. Right out of a postcard, the ruins of Machu Picchu were breathtaking and everything we thought it would be. Our guide Santiago taught us about the contruction and the history of the ruins. We were even able to rest on the terraces after a well deserved snack. Though we did not make it to the sun gate we still enjoyed a delicious yet early (10:30) lunch. After finishing up pur sandwiches we headed towards the bus to take us to the base. After arriving in the center of town we hiked up to the hot springs. Although the springs were not as natural as we expected and had a strange odor, the group enjoyed relaxing in the tubs and playing games. We were given free time where we shopped and spent time in various cafes. Next we headed towards our train taking us back to Ollantaytambo, this would be the most unforgettable train ride including snacks, strange costumes and a fashion show. Both of us were lucky enough to be chosen to participate in the show and strut down the isle wearing various clothing items. After this long interesting day the group enjoyed pizza at the hostel and a good night of sleep.