in the astounding scenery from ground level. From town we’ll walk
out of town along the road, and then pick up the railroad tracks
which follow the river when the road ends. From here we view the
steep mountain cliffs all around, jutting straight into the sky far
above. After about an hour along the river we’ll turn away from the
river and head up a side stream toward the Mandor Waterfall.
Although we are hiking in the Machu Picchu sanctuary, there are some
homesteads scattered throughout, and as we get away from the river
we pass through an orchard with fruit trees before transitioning
into cloud forest. About 20 minutes later we reach the waterfall,
with a small pool nearby that allows a quick swim before or after
our picnic lunch. We’ll then retrace our steps back to town, with a
total hiking time of about five hours.