What a blast!
18.03.2013 13 °C
Day 1 - So we got picked up from our hostel at 7.30am and hopped onto a mini bus with 5 other people who were doing the trek with us. 2 English, 2 Croatian guys and one Swedish women. After 3 hours of driving we arrived at 4300m ready to cycle all the way to the bottom. I can´t remember how many kilometers it was but it was definitley a lot! We were cycling through streams that went across the road getting soaked, past land slides and down narrow tracks that had a sheer drop right next to it. A little scary but very fun!! The bikes weren´t in the best of nick. One girls brakes were absolutely awful she could barely stop, one guys brakes kept getting jammed so he had to peddle really hard even to go down hill and my bikes chain came off about 8 times! Will must have got the best bike as he had no problems! At one point there had been a really bad land slide that they were still working on. We had to pass it by 1pm which we just made! There were huge rocks and bits of tree everywhere. The workers were shouting ´despacio, despacio´to slow down but the poor girls who´s brakes weren´t working had to go flying past anyway! Haha no injuries through the whole group though which is great! The rain poured for the last hour of our bike ride, that and going through the streams meant we were absolutely soaked by the time we got to our hostel. Fortunately the sun came out though so we could hang all our wet clothes up and hope they were dry for the next day. We got our dinner and had an early night so we were ready for our breakfast at 6.30am the next day!
Day 2 - A quick scrambled egg and 15 mins in the car and we were ready for our 6 hours of trekking. The trekking wasn´t bad at all as we had a mix of uphill, downhill and flat. We stopped off at this house in the jungle where they gave us loads of information about the Inca´s. It was really interesting. They told us how they believed in Pachamama which is Mother Earth and how even today loads of people in the Andes poor a bit of water out every time they open a new bottle and say ´thank you Pachamama´because she gave them water, earth, air etc. Pretty cool. We got some warrior paint and got to taste some chocolate that they grow in the jungle. It tasted just like a spoonful of Cocoa powder - very dry! At one point when we were trekking there was a small land slide that split our group up. It was only small but it was so loud and you saw lots of rocks falling down the side of the mountain. Pretty scary but apparently they are really common at this time of year. Laster on we came across a really bad one so we had to take a small detour. Towards the end of our trek we had to take what they called a ´cable car´from one side of the valley to the opposite side over the river. It was literally a trolley on a wire and the scariest thing I have ever done! They squeezed three people in at a time and manually pulled you over. Haha what an experience. Funny that they didn´t mention that to anyone before we came across it. One girl was so terrified of heighst she cried the whole way and when she was half way an explosion went off not far away as they were trying to force a land slide - the poor girl! Anyways after all that excitement we arrived at the Saint Teresa Hot Springs and got to chill out in the pools. The best way to end the day for sure and you saw the water trickling down the mountain into the pool. Pretty amazing.
Day 3 - We started off with 3 hours of Zip Wiring. I have to say it wasn´t nearly as bad as the ´cable car´from the previous day. Still scary though and I guess I didn´t start enjoying it until the 4th wire and by then we only had one more wire to go! It was just scary because we were crossing the river and the thought of falling was terrifying. The views were amazing though. Some people went upside down! Crazy! After 5 wires we went across a suspension bridge and that was the most scary of all. There were points when we had to un clip our harness and clip it back on again with these HUGE gloves on while the bridge had about 6 other people on so it was so wobbly! I wasn´t sure that I would make it to the end to be honest! We then had 3 hours of trekking along a train track and finally we were in Aguas Calientes! The town where Machu Pichu is. We were all so excited we went to bed straight after tea. The food the whole trip was amazing. We had rice, chicken, steak, veg, soups, stuffed avocado, pancakes and so much more. Way better than we had expected. The accommodation on the other hand... Haha I guess it wasn´t too bad we were just happy we weren´t camping out in the rain! And this final night we had an amazing room with a really nice bathroom which was an ace surprise!
Day 4 - Machu Pichu day! We all met in the luggage room at 4.30am and guess what.. It was pouring with rain - there´s a surprise! Haha we set off together in the pitch black and none of us had a torch which was clever. The guide had forgotten to mention that we needed one and we were only meeting him at the top so not very helpful but exciting! TO climb up Machu Pichu you go through the forest and climb stairs for about an hour, every now and then you cross the road where the busses go. We didn´t realise that there were steps through the middle the whole way so we missed a stair case because it was so dark so it took a little longer. Not the end of the world though! After one hour of climbing steep stairs we finally arrived and it was an amazing feeling. We just had to wait for all of our group to get to the top to enter Machu Pichu. When we got through and climbed some more steps the view was meant to be amazing but there was fog everywhere and we could barely see anything! Aww man we were so gutted but after a quick tour from our guide and a couple of hours waiting to see if the fog would clear and it did! The view was amazing and we were so happy we didn´t want to leave. It felt incredible being there.
We had a couple of hours to kill before our train left and we found a football pitch where some local teams were playing so we watched that. It was a very long day but that passed some time and was quite entertaining! By 11pm we were back in Cuzco ready for our beds. It was such an amazing trip though and our group made it even better. The Croatian guys were hilarious and kept us laughing the whole way. It was kind of sad when we all went our separate ways but we will keep in touch some how I´m sure.
Now were back in Cuzco we have made a plan. I´ve got my cheque sorted and I can pick it up in La Paz, Bolivia which is ace! So tomorrow that´s where we are going! Bye bye Peru!