I've been yearning to have that feeling again. To travel to a place that is magical. A place that stays with you like Bhutan has stayed with me. I decided that Machu Picchu must be that place. The pictures I had seen of it were always so beautiful, so mysterious, so entrancing. I wanted to stand among the stones and feel the vibration of the place. So when my husband decided to teach a class in Lima, we decided to extend our stay and visit Machu Picchu.
We flew down to Cusco from Lima. From Cusco, we paid $30 to have a special taxi take us to the village of Ollantaytambo, about a 1.5-hour drive from Cusco. We rented a room at the Casa de Wow hostel for one night. We arrived at about 9pm and were greeted warmly by the guy who tends to the guests. The room we had smelled slightly of wet dog, but I didn't mind because there was a dog who stayed in the premises and I happen to like dogs. If it smelled like cat, however, I don't think we would have stayed there because cats are the worst (What? I'm highly allergic).
As soon as we had a coffee and bought our food, we paid for our bus tickets and rode up to Machu Picchu.