It's been about a month now since I came back from my solo trip in South America and I've been missing Peru so much. Everyday I crave the outdoors and a new adventure, but I know I have to be patient and make everyday positive until I can take off again. I have a really exciting trip that I might venture on in a few months for my birthday, but we'll see. It will be a surprise. :) Anyhow, I wanted to finally write about the Inca Jungle Trek I went on. It was a 4 day, 3 night trek that involved mountain biking down the Andean mountains, hiking, rafting, zip lining, and Machu Picchu to end the trip. The total cost of the trip was $230 USD, but you add on extra costs for the zip lining, rafting (I skipped), Huayna Picchu (must-do!), etc. I booked the trip through Loki Hostel, which is where I stayed in Cusco. The hostel was great and the trek was amazing. I would recommend it to anyone! And I am NOT getting paid to say this!
On DAY 1 of our trek we met in front of the hostel in the morning to take off to the mountains. I think the drive was about an hour and a half? I can't remember exactly. Once we got to our location we geared up to mountain bike down some of the most beautiful scenery I've ever seen. The bike was actually too tall for me so the company had to actually saw down one of the seats for me so that my feet could touch the ground. Short people problems! Anyhow, racing down the mountain was such an incredible feeling. I was initially pretty scared cause you're going downhill and pretty fast, but once I got the hang of the bike I went from the last person to one of the first. Here are some pictures:
On DAY 2 we had a whole day of hiking. It was raining this morning too, so we started off with ponchos. I wore shorts and a tank top underneath cause it was still very HOT! The hike was pretty strenuous at first and had A LOT of uphill action. I was the last one of the group and had to take multiple breaks for my lungs. Once the uphill part died down, the hike was much easier. The scenery again was so amazing. Being one with nature is always my favorite part when hiking and the mountains there have so much spirit. I definitely felt connected to Mother Earth (Pachamama as they call her) and her awesomeness!
On DAY 3 we zip lined! And let me tell you, I am scared of heights but still did it anyway! It was so much fun and I do not regret it one bit. Some of the girls in my group were saying that after the first one it gets better, but I was scared each time (total of 5!). I have some videos that I need to edit so I can share, but you can see me scared and then having the time of my life in each one. Haha! After zip lining, we hiked for a few more hours to get to Aguas Calientes.
On DAY 4 we headed to Machu Picchu from Aguas Calientes.
I have more details about the actual hike up to Machu Picchu on my previous post . And I forgot to mention, every night we stayed in different hostels. They were basic hostels with rooms you shared with a few others from your group. Two had wi-fi and one didn't. Two had warm water and the other was supposed to have warm water, but we had no idea how to work it. Overall, the trip was so much fun and I would recommend it to anyone who likes adventure. Let me know if you have any questions.