We arrived at the base gate (luckily, we were able to leave our packs in the hostel) to a line of about 30 people. They quickly processed us all (passports and tickets) and we began the long hike up the stairs. So here we are hiking in the dark with our headlamps...everyone trudging up the stairs.
So we spent several hours at MP before beginning the decent to Aguas Calientes. We had bought return train tickets to Cusco for 9:30pm. I figured the later the better so we could have as much time as possible. Well, we were so exhausted we ended up buying earlier tickets, 6:45 train. The train would take us to Ollanta, then we had to catch a bus back to Cusco. Our initial arrival time back to Cusco would have been 1:30am...with the 6:45 train, we'd get back around 10:30. Much better!
There were several places I'd researched for food in Aguas Calientes (as I wanted to avoid having touristy restaurants). One was called The Tree House. Alex and I headed out in search of that restaurant or any others I'd read about. We ended up finding The Tree House, though not easily.