We made it to Machu Picchu yesterday and it was spectacular. We’re staying in a town called Ollantaytambo (prize for the first correct pronunciation), which is a little village known for its Incan Ruins and architecture.  It’s also the place where we caught the train to MP.  Here are a couple of videos from yesterday.

Full report to follow.
We’re staying in a hostal located at the train station, which is a good thing since we had to catch the 6:00AM train to MP. This video starts at the entrance to the railroad tracks…
The Urubamba river stretches all the way from Cusco to Machu Picchu and beyond. For two hours the train follows the river to Aguas Calientie, a small town at the foot of MP. The Urubamba is the cause for much of the train stoppages due to water and mud slides. This video shows why.
We’ve spent a couple of nights in Ollantaytambo, just exploring its streets and old houses. One night we found a pathway that connected the train station to the main road about a 1/2 mile away. We walked up the pathway which is sided by stone walls. Since this is Inca territory, walls are a big topic of discussion here.

I know I’m no Charles Kuwalt on the video front, so bare with me. More importantly, keep telling me what you like and don’t like and we’ll try to adjust. This group of videos are dedicated to Gregg P. who wanted less motorcycling (huh? There’s no accounting for taste) and more culture and people. Hey, it’s a work in progress so don’t get your hopes up.

fred

6 replies
  1. Neal says:

    Nice to see you guys in motion for a change. Suggest changing the light settings on your video camera (take it off of auto)… when you have a lot of sky / sun coming into the lens, it darkens the rest of the shot so it’s hard to see anything.

  2. Gregg & Tish says:

    Now you’re cooking – the videos are awesome and truly give all of us a sense of being there with you. Keep em’ coming.

  3. Shu & Q says:

    The videos and postings are awesome! As fellow travelers, we salute you for the amount of effort you put in! We are crossing into Ecuador tomorrow. Wish us luck. And good luck to you too, Fred & Karen! xx

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