My friends and I have outlined a tentative plan for our short trip to Peru and I'd love to hear from all of you in the Peru forum about the feasibility of this itinerary:
July 9: very early morning flight to Cusco. Go directly (by bus or by taxi) to Ollanta. Spend the day touring the city/ruins (hopefully we'll find a place to store our bags during the day) and leave on the latest train to Aguas Calientes that evening.
Arrive in Aguas Calientes in the late evening (hostel/hotel still under consideration)
July 10 - Machu Picchu!!! (can't wait)
Thermal springs in the afternoon/walk around the town
July 11 - leave in the morning for Cusco (train to Ollanta, taxi/bus to Cusco). Spend the day touring Cusco and spend the night (hostel/hotel still under consideration)
July 12 - fly to Lima at noon; spend the afternoon either in town or in the airport (depends on how energetic we're feeling). Midnight flight to Santiago, where we'll catch a connection to our next stop, Buenos Aires.
Any suggestions/critques are completely welcome.