Not Machu Picchu
We were picked up Friday morning at 6:10 a.m. and taken down to the PeruRail bus station. Got on a bus and headed for Ollantaytambo, where you change from the bus to the train. (There are no roads to Machu Picchu.) About half way there, the guide on the bus got a cell phone call and said the trains are not running due to all the rainfall and the high river. So we turned around and went back. Then we had to sit thru waiting to have our tickets changed to the next day. Finally we got home and then went out walking to the city centre. The old town is very picturesque and we did get to see the 12 sided stone in the Inca wall. There are not many streets that could be considered level, it's like the whole city is on a slant! At this altitude (3400 meters), climbing steep stairways can be a challenge. It is necessary to pace yourself!
So after spending the day exploring, the next morning we went down to the bus station again, to be told as soon as we arrived, that the trains were not running. So we sat and got our tickets changed again. We had originally planned to spend one night in Agua Caliente, the town at the base of MP, and come back the next day. But after the second cancellation we couldn't do that without making changes to the rest of our trip. So we changed it to a one day trip on Sunday. We then went home and laid about the rest of the day. We'd been going at it pretty fast and a day to lie about and read was good. In the afternoon, we went for a short walk around the neighbourhood, and found a quite large market happening in the square on the next block. Everything from food to bedding plants to furniture to wine were in the booths there. Very interesting.
Our internet in our room has been very spotty and frustrating, so that is why these posts are so late.