after machu picchu, we took a short bus ride down to the near town of Aguas Calientes. as suggested by the name, there are hot springs there, but i didn't visit them because i'd have been rushed if i did. i had a lunch with a few others from the group and nancy the tour guide. after lunch mommy and me toured a bit of the town. and i got ice cweam.
so we were scheduled for 5:15 train ride from aguas calientes to ollantaytambo that evening. upon arriving at the boarding area at 4:45, we saw waves of passengers and train staff running the other way. in the middle of the confusion we were told to get to higher ground... then to go chase our train, which had left the station.
there was a landslide on a nearby mountain. the train station decided to evacuate the station and move the trains out on to the track away from the station, because in previous years, landslides have slid to the tracks and blocked the trains in the train station. so for the next hour we were lugging our luggage (i guess that's why it's called that) for probably a bit over a mile, looking for our train, getting on the wrong one, walking some more and finally finding it. (sorry no pics at the moment, one of the other group members might have a pic).
anyways, we finally got back to ollantaytambo, took a bus to cusco, and slept there for the night. i noticed an interesting sign by our door:
peru gets a good amount of earthquakes, but i suppose i felt all the more secure with that sign.