Machu Picchu

Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). Next morning we had our second train ride from Cusco to Machu Picchu with the Bingham Explorer ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... another luxerious train (food and drinks included) ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). This time it took us only 3.5 hours to get there ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... interesting landscape inclusive ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). This was quite an interesting part. To get the train several metres down the hill a "zig-zag" course was built into the mountain (photo shows the bottom): The train stops, reverses back down the hill (see the track from the right), stops again and continues in the original direction ... pretty clever!
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). We arrived at our hotel in Machu Picchu, this time little bungalows ... ours was No. 23 ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). Here a view of the hotel layout ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). We saw this dog without a fur in Machu Picchu ... quite handy for people with allergies ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). Somehow a lot of tourists come here (surprise surprise) ... this menu caters for basically all who might come ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). Thomas was quite surprised, but this IS a Mercedes bus, that brings the tourists up to Machu Picchu ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). that's the way up, serpentines, ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... and our first view of the famous Machu Picchu city ... breathtaking really ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). We came across some locals, the little one only some days old ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... and finally on the top we had this view ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... together with our wonderful guide Luz, who never stopped explaining and patiently answered our questions ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... together with our wonderful guide Luz, who never stopped explaining and patiently answered our questions ..
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). Here a sun temple with a natural altar ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... more and more terraces ... they even experimented with different soil and seeds ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). See the detail of how they carved the stones to fit into each other ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). Houses and more terraces in the background ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). Here you see some of the serpentines, where we drove up by bus ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). After more than 4 hours this was the last photo up there ... and we went back down by bus ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... where we deserved a cold drink in the hotel bar ..
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). Next day, we relaxed a bit and at the train station we met Sally and Ian from Melbourne ... we really had a good night which was extended later in the bar of the hotel ;-)
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). There was a good band again in the bar of the train ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... including the drummer with his box ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). Next morning we flew back to Lima, had another visit in the archeological museum Larco (after the first one was so short) ... here at the museum restaurant with Victor ... then stopped at the supermarket to pick up a couple of bottles of Peruvian wine (we can really recommend Intipalka) and a bottle of Pisco ... and then onto Lima Airport, where we had a safe flight back to Germany!

It was a trip with heaps of amazing experiences, very friendly people, fantastic food and wine. The country is still poor (unfortunately corruption in the government seems normal and accepted), but on a good way. They really do so much to make visitors feel welcomed, the tourist attractions are well kept and if the country continues like that, we see a better future than with other countries in South America.