A Travellerspoint blog

Patience and time and the grass will become milk

biking over Abra Malaga, our first...and certainly not last.... fourteener.

sunny

abra_malaga_sign1.jpg
If you want to get to Machu Pichu through the back door, and not pay the 80-150 dollars for the train, you can bike over abra malaga pass, stay at an awesome hostel on the other side, walk along the river to a power station, hitch through the power station, then walk along the railroad tracks to Machu Pichu. It cost us a total of... 1 dollar for hitchin.´ For those who don´t have a bike, add another 7 dollars, and a beautiful view in a bus. Highly reccomended.
crazy_road_abra2.jpg
270_crazy_road_abra1.jpg
crazy_road_abra3.jpg
(click on the photos to get a close up. This was 1/8 of the climb we did.

One would think biking over a fourteener with 75lbs would be something to congratulate about. But really it was a test run. A tease of sorts. The weather was great, the route was paved, and in the day it took to get over, we saw maybe... 20 cars, all which gave us ample room to ride. It was one of the best rides of my life. 2.5 hours of downhill, no brakes, no pedaling. Impactante.
down_abra_risa1.jpg
down_abra1.jpg
The pictures don´t do it justice, but here´s an attempt to show you some of my experience getting to Machu Pichu. The river crossing was awesome..
ollany_town1.jpg
risa_top_abra1.jpg
crossing_river_to_mp1.jpg

When hanging out in Aguas Calientes, the gateway touristic town to Machu Pichu, we were sitting on the benches and a group of schoolkids on their field trip came up to look at us, mainly Lauren with her blonde hair. They wanted to take a picture with her, and I was lucky enough to get to be in it. So they lined up one by one and sat between us, each getting their picture to take home to their moms. One by one... at least 15 kids. You´d think they were Japanese with all their phone cameras. Even the teacher had his taken with us. Then they surrounded us with their breakfast....
kids1.jpg

And finally, Machu Pichu. Disneyland with rain-ponchos in the morning, crowds clearing out by afternoon.
mp_postcard1.jpg
handstands1.jpg
mp_ruin_haze1.jpg
lama_mp1.jpg
window_crunch1.jpg
Our goal was to see how many times we could get in trouble... there was at least 4. ¨No touching the stones!¨

Posted by risajs 11:13 Archived in Peru Tagged peru

Email this entryFacebookStumbleUpon

Table of contents

Comments

WOW!! Love the photos -- so glad you had a stellar experience!

by Barbara Schiffman

love the pics!! Especially the one of you leaning against the stone wall; uber-badass. The one of you guys sticking your tounge out with the kids, not so much. Seriously, do ya have so screw up a good shot like that? Hope you didn't do that for the ones the kids took home to their families. tsk tsk.

by jared

Beautiful pictures...what a ride ya'll are having!

by Sabrina

Beautiful pictures! Inspiring duo!
love, Heather

by heather

you guys are awesome.

by mara zello

Comments on this blog entry are now closed to non-Travellerspoint members. You can still leave a comment if you are a member of Travellerspoint.

Enter your Travellerspoint login details below

( What's this? )

If you aren't a member of Travellerspoint yet, you can join for free.

Join Travellerspoint