Machu Picchu was a great experience but the tour got a bit hectic. Before leaving the states, we got emails notifying us that we had been kicked off the tour. After much ado and miscommunication, we secured the entire group on the tour on the date we wanted (though it took mayne phone calls, emails and stress to confirm this).
Once there, we learned that the train from Cusco was down, so we had to take a shuttle from the hotel to the train station, board a bus, then go to a different train stating over an hour away, board a train to Aguas Calientes and then take the bus up to Machu PIcchu. We also were under the impression that lunch was a part of the tour, however were told once we reached Aguas Calientes that we did not receive lunch. This was an expensive tour to not receive lunch and all of the restaurants in Aguas Calientes are extremely overpriced. The tour itself was great but wish it had been smoother and included lunch.
This was a great trip and value. Tour guide (Jose) was really knowledgeable and fun. Lunch was fantastic at a beautiful hotel. Didn't realize there was the option to stay at this hotel overnight before Machu Picchu, may have considered this option if I had known. Ollantaytambo was amazing.
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