The hike was steep, but we took our time with photo and water breaks on the way up. I think we took 90 minutes to get to the top, with those generous stops. Definitely bring water though, as it is a stairmaster climb.
|View from Intipunku|
The way back down was much faster, and we did not stop for any breaks. I was admittedly tired with the altitudes in the country and all of the walking/uphill climbs, so we didn't spend too much longer exploring the city afterwards before heading back to Aguas Calientes for lunch.
After a lunch, we boarded our train back to Ollantaytambo. This voyage featured a fashion show (to convince us to buy fancy alpaca clothing) as well as a scary-looking traditional dancer taking over our car for a bit. Machu Picchu was everything we'd imagined it would be, and we loved every minute that we were there!