Re: Machu Picchu
We have traveled from Arequipa to Puno, Lake Titicaca then to Cuzco last June, 2003 which was half of our trip. Here's our itinerary: June 25 - arrived in Puno (through Juliaca airport from Arequipa) at 1:10pm. Checked in at El Balcon. June 26 - took a boat ride to Uros Island for half a day (morning). Left Puno at 3pm by bus (Ormeno Royal Class Bus, 7 hrs) arrived at Cuzco at 10pm. There was no flight operations from Juliaca to Cuzco. Check if they do now, then it will save you time (LanPeru). June 27 - Visited museums and other attractions. June 28 - Took the earliest train to Aguas Calientes in the morning. Check in Hotel Pueblo. (there are other hotels). Took a tour bus to Machu Picchu by 9am or 10am. Spent 4-5 hours inside MP. Back to Aguas Calientes to eat dinner... a lot of inexpensive restaurants along the railroad track and good food. Back to our hotel to sleep. June 29 - You can either go back to MP in the morning and leave noon by train to Ollantaytambo, or you can go back straight to Cuzco. Ask your hotel to hire a taxi cab to drive you around Sacsayhuaman ruins and the Sacred Valley of the Incas, or go shopping.. good crafts and inexpensive, too.
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