The Road To Machu Picchu: Day Three

The Road To Machu Picchu is a four-part series that chronicles my exploits travelling form Cusco, Peru to the mountain of Machu Picchu, an ancient site built by the Incas that is preserved and protected by the government of Peru and UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

Catch up on Day One and Day Two.

Day three began with the realization that Viracocha was out to get me. The Incan rain god followed me to Santa Teresa and, once again, poured buckets of rain overnight. This wouldn’t have been a problem had I not hung one of my shirts on a clothesline to air out the stench of nicotine attached to it after a night out on the town. Luckily, Viracocha showed some pity and the rain stopped around sunrise. I had just enough time before breakfast to dry the shirt to a “slightly moist” level.

After breakfast, our group split in two and we each headed to different directions for the same exciting purpose: ziplining! We went to a park run by Canopy Peru/Cola De Mono for the excursion. We hiked up to the top of a hill where the first of six ziplines awaited us. I’ll let the picture and videos describe how it happened (I suggest turning the volume down, ziplines are pretty loud!):

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View from the third zipline

My group was set to go a second time but we had to meet up with the other half of the group who went ziplining in a different area. We took a bus for over an hour to the hydroelectric dam where we met with the other half of our group for lunch and much-needed rest.

We began our journey to Aguascalientes three hours later. Aguascalientes was built at the base of Machu Picchu as a place to host tourists travelling to the site. We spent the rest of the day walking along railroad tracks that lead to the city and were treated to many beautiful sights.

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Incan ruins up ahead!

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Beautiful view

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Mandor Gardens

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Butterfly House

The remainder of our day at Aguascalientes consisted of my eating five full plates of food at dinner to relieve my body of exhaustion, purchasing our bus tickets to Machu Picchu and even more well-deserved and well-needed rest and sleep!

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About Afroxander

Afroxander is the nom de guerre for writer/photographer Ivan Fernandez, based in Southern California. His work has appeared in The San Bernardino County Sun, Modern Fix magazine, The People’s Dance Party blog, The Rockit magazine and other outlets. He currently freelances for LA Weekly, Remezcla and anyone else willing to send him out on an exciting adventure.
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