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Surprisingly as it may seem, no road leads to Aquas Calientes. Known also as Machu Picchu Pueblo, the little city is nestled under the shadow of the more glorious, ancient and mysterious city of Machu Picchu (literally speaking). Even though it is one of the most visited towns in Peru, this city is commonly visited either through the aid of a train or through the famous Inca Trail, a 4-day trek into the mountains. However, for those of us who donít have the money for "the trail" or the will to sit in a touristy train, can either trek for 5 days through the alternative Salkantay trek or do what I and my friends did, walk the rail. Well, I admit that it isnít the safest nor the allowed path, and we met travelers that were turned back by the Peruvian police which already kept a post for those who actually thought about walking the forbidden rail. It is regarded a one day walk, a long 28 km walk from the km 82 (the starting point of the Inca trail) to km110, Aquas Calientes, even though I would be happy if I had planned this walk for two days. This picture was taken while walking to the km 82 point, and hopefully I will post some other pictures in the future from this arduous walk that took us no less than 9 hours!

This scene was taken around the early afternoon hours, when we were just about to pass the 93 km sign (at the right side of the rail). I noticed from a far the rail labor Peruvian talking with the local Peruvian framers, leaning on his tool and having a nice and small afternoon talk, and I had it vision what and how the compo should be.
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