Getting to Machu Picchu is no easy task.
Today started with a 4:50am wake up call, a 6am departure, and a 8:55am flight from Lima to Cusco, Peru.
After 30 minute struggle to get our motor coach out of Cusco International Airport's tiny parking lot we were on our way to the Sacred Valley. We're bypassing Cusco and visiting it after Machu Picchu to help with altitude acclimatization (although I was pretty much rendered useless tonight by a horrible headache and naseua). Cusco is the 5th highest city in the world which means your first couple of days there coming from sea level wouldn't be much fun. By starting in the Sacred Valley, which goes from approximately 6K - 9K feet, it's supposed to help the body acclimate a little better.
Anyways, after stopping at a farm to visit alpacas, llamas, and vicuña's, we headed to the town of Pisac for a quick tour of their street market.
Today's highlight however, was definitely our arrival at the Sonesta Posadas Del Inca Yucay hotel. I haven't stayed at many hotels, but I doubt I'll ever stay at one as nice as this again.
We had a great Inca weaving demonstration by women from the Chincheros community and got to explore the grounds of this former convent. There's even a view of a snow covered mountain, rather a glacier.
Unfortunately, my evening was cut short, but two ibuprofen and two cups of cocoa tea have me back on the mend (I hope).
Tomorrow, we're finally getting to Machu Picchu and closer to sea level.
I'm looking forward to both.