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On our second day on Machu Picchu Lynda and another person in our group opted not to go back. I don't know about the other lady, but Lynda was suffering from altitude sickness.
Our second day began by splitting the group into two groups; first one departing at 06:30 and the second one at 07:30. I had wanted to go with the 06:30 group but because of Lynda's altitude problems, I decided to take the second group instead. Turned out I had missed (or misunderstood) the explanations as it turned out that the 7:30 group was better for me. Let me explain.
The real reason for the 6:30 group was to give them extra time to hike up the Inca trail up to Sun Gate. The 7:30 group, the one I was in, went to the same trail, but did not go all the way to Sun Gate. Corina, our group guide, however said that if any of us wanted to do so -- and felt strong enough -- we could leave the group and hike all the way up to Sun Gate where we could meet the 06:30 group. I immediately opted to go as did Kurt. We then did the hike and found the 06:30 group resting a Sun Gate.
In the photo on right (captured from the train as it passed by) is the lower - and wilder part of the river we had rafted earlier on our trip.
After getting off the train, and jumping on the bus to take us up the mountain, it appeared that our weather may be even worse than the previous day's. (See on the left)
And I hate to say it, but the day didn't get much better, although we did see some improvement. But no sun - boo hoo!
Time has come for us to say good-byes to Machu Picchu and its residents.
Overall it was a great trip - I just wished there had been less clouds and a bit more sunshine.
The rest of the day we traveled to Cusco and spent some time exploring the city.
Here are some photos taken here and there, some with captions and others without. (NOTE: The top row of 4 pictures were taken in Urubamba by Lynda as she went for a walk while most of us went to Machu Picchu on the second day. As the time went by, she realized that what she was feeling was nausea in the busses when going on steep curvy roads, not altitude sickness as thought earlier.)