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The Amazing New Adventures of Larry and Mark - Peru, Land of the Incas
Aguas Calientes and Departure by Train
Correction: I just got an email from Willow, our guide, who corrected me that the site which I
called Qorihuayrachina was actually Patallaqta, visible when you hike the Inca Trail.
Peru Chapter 47 - Aguas Calientes and Departure by Train
Down from our second day visiting Machu Picchu, it is time for late lunch before
heading back on the train. We have stopped at the same small restaurant in
Aguas Calientes near the gentle stream (the joke will be apparent in a future chapter.)
We are treated to a wonderful lunch with all sorts of beautiful dishes:
A brief walk through town after lunch, we stop at the statue of Pachacutec,
who built the empire from a tiny kingdom and extended it through much
of the South American west coast.
The base of the monument is clearly built in imitation Inca stone construction,
but dated 2004. They had LOTS more technology, but the stones don't fit as well!
On our way to the train, we pass through one of the ever-present
tourist traps, but they are always colorful and attractive
Everyone could use one of these on the wall!
This guy was definitely NOT a wall decoration - he entertained us
on our way back by train.
Mt. Veronica - 5680m / 18,635ft, is the highest peak in the Cordillera Urubamba range -
visible from the train. Its Quechua name, Wakay Willca, means “Sacred Tears”.
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