Gabby and I took a locals bus from the start of the Inca Trail to a town called Urubamba. The bus ride was an awesome experience of real life in Peru. Mostly ladies and some children rode the bus. All of the ladies were dressed in colorful skirts, plain blouses, and bowler hats covering their long, black, braided hair. One of the ladies had a box full of chicks.
When I looked out the window, I saw farmers plowing their fields behind oxen, using wooden plows that could have been from the stone age. I loved the bus ride…it was a true slice of Peruvian life.
I found a room for us at the resort where we had planned to stay after our hike. It is a Starwood Resort, so I was able to use some of our points to pay for the room. The room and the entire resort were fantastic. Here is a link to their web-site.http://www.starwoodhotels.com/luxury/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=3285
Here are some pictures of the resort:
Gabby and I had 2 and a half days before we were to meet the others at Machu Pichu (we would take the train to meet them). What to do?
We swam a bit, and booked manicures at the spa.
But that type of activity couldn’t last for 2 more days.
I had an idea to take a bus tour of the area. After investigating this possibility, I found that hiring a car with driver and a tour guide would be less expensive than the bus! I booked a tour for us.
We also had to find some money. Cash is king in Peru, and credit cards aren’t. But for some reason, my ATM card wasn’t working at all 3 ATMs in this town!