The Jungle Trek

I have been meaning to write this post for a long time, but I have put it off as I really wanted to do it justice. The Jungle Trek is easily one of the very best things I have ever done. I am not exaggerating at all, it was incredible and I did it with my three best mates, ideal ! Now one of the girls is a fellow blogger and has summed up our trek oh so perfectly. So for this post I hand you over to Laura of Potts Potters for a little bit of a guest post and also to tell you all about the mightily wonderful Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu. I have popped in some of my photos but Potts' post has loads too so head on over there to check out some more----> "The Sexy Llamas do the Jungle Trek"




"Climbing Machu Picchu was the best part of my South American adventure. We had been recommended a guide through a friend and that meant we got him just for the 4 of us. We opted to do the jungle trek as we had heard it was fun and still included the Inca trail. Our guide, Ider, owned his own tour company and he really made the trip for us. If you are thinking about going to Cusco and Machu Picchu then please get in touch and I will happily give you his contact details. We seemed to do more than other groups and by the end of the four days he felt like a friend! The trip was £200 each and this included four days of the trek, accommodation for three nights, entry to Machu Picchu, the train back to Cusco and all food for the few days apart from lunch on the final day.

We met our guide in Cusco and then we picked up some road bikes. We got a mini bus to the top of the Sacred Valley and then biked our way down. It was actually quite scary as it was very steep and we saw people fall off. However, once I got to grips with the breaks I really enjoyed it. We sped to the end where lunch was served. This was my first day in Peru (I wouldn’t advise this much of a rushed trip as the altitude can be risky) and I was yet to experience how good the food was. Beef with vegetables, potato and rice was the main course. It was the first of many good meals on the trip.





That afternoon was white water rafting. I had never done it before. I had no idea we had to actually paddle! Anyway we survived and it was great fun. We stopped half way to play games on the bank with the guide and our group. We all thoroughly enjoyed it. This part of the trip was extra, but it was well worth it! We stayed in a family home that night, we had our own room and we walked into town for dinner. We got to know Ider even more, learnt some card games and then got some sleep.




Day two was the day we walked the Inca Trail, well part of it. The altitude had really set in by this point. We all felt fine, but it was a lot more effort to walk that it usually would be. 10 minutes walking and we were out of breath and a little sweaty! The views were incredible and it felt like we were alone out there. Ider had nicknamed us the ‘sexy llamas’ and we soon had our pose ready for all the photos. He then stopped us and found a fruit that coloured the skin orange and drew on our faces- we may have looked silly but it was great fun!




At one point we had to cross from one side of a mountain to another. How you may ask- well what I would describe as a crate hanging off a wire.. sounds safe hey? The photos below show how we did it- it was great fun!



Now, in the middle of the inca trail you wouldn’t expect to find a bar.. or a club.. but we did. We went for a meal and Ider said we should all try inca whiskey- I warn you now, its just tequila. Don’t fall for it. So after another great meal and some ‘inca whiskey’ we headed to the local bar. We enjoyed Machu Picchu cocktails and taught the locals how to dance to the ‘Discovery Channel’ song.



The next morning, heads were a little sore. This didn’t stop us enjoying the zip wire morning we had lined up! We got brave towards the end and decided to hang below the zip line in a ‘super man’ type pose. It was great fun and the speed and fresh air revived us for our walk. We only had a few hours of walking today and soon it was lunch time and a break. All I remember about this meal is the fresh guacamole and tortillas that were served up. It was the best I had ever had and a meal I wish I could recreate. There were also some great hammocks outside and I would go as far as to say the half hour nap I had there was the best of my life.




At the end of the day we reached the thermal springs. These were outside warm pools. We met up with some other groups there and relaxed after a days walking before heading to Aguas Calientes where we had a hostel for the night ready for an early start the next day.


We wanted to reach Machu Picchu by sun rise, which meant we had a 4am start. We also decided we had to walk the ‘Gringo Killer’ steps instead of the easy bus option. So we got up super early and tackled the stairs. There were just over 1000, but it seemed like a lot more. We set a pace and kept going. We finally made it. After a quick cool down we entered Machu Picchu. It was breath-taking. Ider told us all about the history then left us to explore for the day before we got the train back to Cusco. I don’t know how to begin to describe it- you must go and visit! I feel like I was too shattered to appreciate it fully and it is definitely on the list to return to one day and experience it all over again! "








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