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The Inca Jungle Trek

What a blast!

rain 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!
Our Group all warrior painted up!

Our Group all warrior painted up!


A suspicious bridge we had to cross

A suspicious bridge we had to cross


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.
The ´Cable Car´

The ´Cable Car´

Successful Trip!

Successful Trip!

Hot Springs!

Hot Springs!


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!
Zipwiring

Zipwiring

The bridge we had to cross!!!

The bridge we had to cross!!!


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.
when we first arrived

when we first arrived

Not happy about the fog

Not happy about the fog

Fog Clearing Up

Fog Clearing Up


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!
We had an ace time!

We had an ace time!

Posted by amcara91 16:53 Archived in Peru Tagged trek jungle inka Comments (0)

Cusco, Peru

rain 16 °C

It turned out our night bus wasn't as comfy as our last which was a shame. It was a 10hour journey from arequipa to Cusco and I felt like I slept for an hour! They did have a good movie on that was in English. That was good! Will slept better I think. So now we are in cusco and were planning on doing the jungle Inca trek today but have decided to leave it for a couple of days. Mainly because arsenal are playing on Wednesday but also because we're enjoying chilling out and have decided we've got that much time in Peru we don't have to rush anything.

It's really pretty here, a little town with lots of markets surrounded by hills. We have done lots of shopping In the little markets . Will buying sunglasses and a northface backpack for 40 soles. Haha the bag looks surprisingly real! I've bought a jumper made from either el pacha wool or llama wool or something. Really soft and light I love it! will with his new 'raybans'

will with his new 'raybans'

new peruvian jumper

new peruvian jumper

So we're going to go on the Inca jungle trek on Thursday then we've decided we will head to lima to see if my cheque is ready to be picked up. If not then we're going to go to iquitos and mancora in the north of Peru and if it is ready then we will head to La Paz in Bolivia. So we're happy we have a plan now!
cusco

cusco


Other than the shopping we haven't done an awful lot. Played lots of card games and there is a free salsa lesson in our hostel tonight which I'm trying to talk will into doing with ,me but at the moment he's not very keen. The weather hasn't been great it's pouring with rain right now so it does get a little boring sometimes but apparently the rainy season ends this month.
the little market i got my jumper from

the little market i got my jumper from

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Colca Canyon, Rainy Days and lots of coca tea

So on Wednesday we set off at 3am on a little mini bus. It was so uncomfortable and going along the bumpiest of roads. Impossible to sleep on! After 3 hours of driving we stopped for a view point of the canyon and to see if we could spot any condores which are meant to be one of the biggest birds in the world with a 3m wing span. We'd been there for about 25 mins and didn't think we would see any so started heading back to the bus. Will nipped to the loo and then I heard shouting and pointing so I ran over to see the huge bird gliding through the sky! It was amazing I've got some ace photos on my ccamera. Will unfortunately missed that one but when we started trekking one literally flew right over us not far away at all! It was crazy. Apparently we were really lucky to see them as it's the rainy season they don't tend to fly much because they have really bad eye site.
The trekking was so hard! The first day we walked down hill for 4 hours before we stopped for lunch. Downhill was ok but our legs started to feel like jelly after a bit and we were walking on like a rocky rubble that was really easy to slip on, I only had running trainers on so they weren't the grippiest of shoes! So we stopped off at this little cabin in the trees for our lunch where they'd cooked us a veggie soup to start and some steak, rice and veg for mains. It was amazing and it was just this little Peruvian family that had made it for us.we then had 3 more hours of trekking until we arrived at our hostel for the night. That trekking wasn't too bad, we had a group of 8 who were all young travellers with a good sense of humour which made it really fun. The views were incredible! We arrived at our hostel at 5pm which was really nice with a swimming pool and loads of little huts to sleep in. After a nice spaghetti Bolognese we were all in bed by 8.30 ready to begin trekking at 5am the next day! The worst thing was having to put our wet clothes on the next day as we'd got soaked in the rain in the afternoon (it tends to be sunny in the mornings and rainy in the afternoons during rainy season)
I can honestly say this second day was the hardest of my life! We only had 7km to go but it was all super steep uphill. Setting off at 5am was a great idea as it was nice and cool even though we spent the first hour in the pitch black sharing torch light! Then the rain started which was even better. It was just a drizzly rain perfect for keeping us cool! We zigzagged the whole 7km it was honestly relentless and I never thought we would ever make it! Fortunately though at 8am we arrived soaking wet at a little restaurant to have our breakfast and finish our trekking! So we only had 3 hours the second day it was just killer! To help us with the altitude we drank lost of coca tea which trust me is no English breakfast! We also chewed on coca leaves which gives us an energy boost.
On the way back we stopped off to look at some llamas and have our lunch but we could not wait to get back to our hostel in arequipa to have a shower, put a movie on and have an early night! It was an ace trek but such hard work. Our legs are killing today!
Off to cusco on the night bus tonight. Hopefully this journey is as comfortable as the last night bus journey! We're going to do the jungle trek there which involves mountain biking, trekking,hot springs and zip lining! Can't wait!

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Arequipa, Peru

I am so angry I just typed the longest blog ever and the computer deleted it! Wow fuming. Arrghhh why didn`t I copy and paste? Anyways here we go again!

So what was I saying... Once again we are blessed with a table tennis table. For the first time ever I managed to beat Will two games in row. It`s pretty frustrating though because it was the first time we`d said we would play best out of 5 instead of 3 and he won the other 3 games!!

We haven`t only been playing table tennis though we`ve also been Downhill Mountain Biking which was ace fun. We drove up to 4800m which made us feel a little dizzy for a short while. The views were amazing, Misty Volcano is right next to where we were biking it looked ace. We were actually going down a volcano instead of a hill but I don`t think it was an active one. The boys were flying down me and another women were going a little slower and then when we had the slightest of uphills it felt like we had run a marathon which was because of the air apparently and not because we spent 2 months in America eating McDonald`s every day. The biking was so much fun though and it was so bumpy. The kind of bumpy where you can`t put your brakes on because you`re holding so tightly onto your handlebars trying not to fall off.

We`ve cooked some pasta, pesto and cheese for our tea tonight which seems to be all that travellers eat! haha! Cheap and cheerful! There were about 5 of us in the kitchen all cooking pasta! Pretty funny!

Tomorrow we have to get up at 2.30 am as a bus is picking us up at 3 am to take us to colca canyon for a 2 day trek. It`s meant to be pretty hardcore but we`re excited! So we have 3 more nights in Arequipa and then we`re going to head to Cusco. Aftern that we`re really not sure. Maybe Paracas for the beach, Iquitos for the jungle, Bolivia as it`s super cheap, maybe volunteer work, maybe Mancura for another beutiful beach so many options!!

Our Spanish is coming along really, really slowly which is awful for me as I studied it for 2 years! It`s pretty bad as most other people speak at least 2 languages most 3! I feel pretty bad for only speaking English but hopefully not after this trip!

There`s loads of English people in this hostel we all sat down and watched the Man U game today which proved to be very disappointing. Blooming Cristiano Ronaldo!!

Sometimes I reread my blogs a couple days after I have written them and I have to apologise for my spelling and the spell check on my tablet. Haha some things make no sense. It`s really good when there is a computer to type on. We have about 800 photos on my memory card which we need to upload one day but the connection is too bad here! It`s worrying incase I lose my camera or it gets stolen. We`d be gutted if I lost those photos!

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huacuachina, peru

We left Lima on Friday morning to head to Huacuachina. It was only a 4 hour journey but the bus was amazing! We got to watch a film and they gave us a sandwich, apple and drink for lunch! Cheaper and a lot better than the greyhound. At the bus station in huacuachina we got harassed by a taxi driver trying to make us stay at a certain hostel. We hadn't booked one yet so we just said we wanted to have a look around first but that didn't matter as he took us straight to the hostel he wanted us to go to and walked us to the reception. Great. We got a super cheap rate though it only cost us 20 soles for a night so that was fine! That's about £5!

That evening we headed to the sand dunes for some sand bugging and sand boarding. The sand bugging was so scary! We were dipping in and out of like vertical sand dunes! At one pointwpoint wills seatbelt came off and I thought he was going to fly out the vehicle! The sandboarding... well.. being a snowboarder I was like this is going to be easy, absolutely not! HahaIf was face planting left, right and centre and decided to go down on my stomach which was more fun! Will on the other hand was ace at it , getting some turns in and having a ball! It was great fun though!

Our room in our hostel was like a sauna! It was unreal. No fan or aircon or anything and only one tiny window which we didn't want to open incase of the mosquitos. We watched the sunset from the lagoon which was really pretty. In the day time the lagoon doesn't look quite as nice.. lots of local children swimming in there but no travellers or adults haha. It just looked a bit dirty.

We met 3 more travellers who we had dinner with. A couple who had been in Peru for 5 weeks already and gave us lots of advice on food to eat and things and a found guy who was travelling alone and had just arrived in Peru as well. My favourite thing is to swap stories with everyone. It's really cool hearing about everyone's different adventures.

One night in huacuachina was enough as there isn't much to do other than the sand dune activities so we got a night bus to arequipa and have arrived here just in time to watch the arsenal sgame. Once again the bus service was amazing with receivable chairs, movies and breakfast. Perfect! We've booked some downhill mountain biking for tomorrow and are going to do a 3 day trek to a canyon. Hopefully get to see some volcanoes as well!

pretty huacuachina

pretty huacuachina

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