South America | Peru | Southern Peru | Cuzco (Cusco) | Machu Picchu – come for the views, stay for the civil disobiedience
I have been trying to get a message out of Aguas Calientes for a day now but since there are no tourists here at present, the municipal authorities have turned off the power grid. No tourismo, no electricity!
The air is tense, police are present and ecolodges are at their lowest prices in years. It´s time to visit Machu Picchu if you happen to be in country and are able to get here. This would require walking 32 kilometers, hey but it´s down hill! This mornings 7 A.M. bus ride up the hill to the the ruins had a total of 4 tourists on it, the other 10 people being workers. Having been to Machu Picchu recently, my experience there today was quite different and despite the light rain, my best Machu Picchu experience yet…
The reason for the absense of tourism is due to yet another strike by locals, this time against the British owned Peru Rail Lines. Because of the strike three weeks ago, all the fancy ‘transport to your door’ hotels are closed after the sad sight of high end tourists having to lug their own wheeled luggage down the trail to Ollantaytambo.
My only question…. do I book another day at the ruins or start walking myself. Sorry for the reused photograph of the train but it´s a sight many here would love to see!!!!!!