|It's early morning at Ollantaytambo's train station and groups of locals wait the trains from Cusco to Machu Picchu, to sell food and handycrafts to the passengers.|
|The Perurail train on which we have the reservation, arrives on time at 9:05. The railway to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu) runs parallel to the Urubamba river inside a beautiful valley.|
|Soon, the scenery changes completelyand the desert lands of Bolivia and southern Perù are replaced by a dense jungle.|
|After less than one hour and an half, we approach Aguas Calientes, where a cafè stands in the middle of the tracks just outside the station.|
|Pictures of Aguas Calientes. This isn't Aguas Calientes' station, but its main street. This town is connected to the outside world by just a railway and there aren't cars. On the sides of the main streets, there are locals selling everything. Occasionally, some train or maintenance machines passes on the railway.|
|The scenery around the town is very nice and a good preparation for the following day visit to Machu Picchu.|
|On the left, the stair to our hotel.
On the top, Aguas Calientes main square.
|The way from Aguas Calientes to the bus station for Machu Picchu, has a lot of street vendors, selling nice wool products and different handicrafts.|
|Panoramic photo of Aguas Calientes just outside the town, showing the majestic scenery all around.|
|Bromelias grow over the vertical walls of the mountains (top-left picture) as well as on other trees. Nice tropical flowers grow on the ground under the jungle.|
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