My trip to Peru and Chile has come to happy end with the Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu. I arrived in Cuzco on April 1st. At the bus station I met Rob a tall funny guy from Whales. I accompanied Rob to the hostel and we set out to find a good deal on a trek to Machu Picchu. We booked a trek with his friends for the following day. I was a bit weary of the altitude but I was feeling fine.
|Hiking to Santa Theresa|
|Local Native Americans ... J|
Everyone crossed the river safely and we headed on to our next river crossing. The next crossing involved 3-4 people getting into a metal basket hanging from a rope across the river and being pulled across the river by hand. It was great to load into the basket and be pulled across the raging river. Due to having to build a bridge, it began to get dark before we arrived at our next stop. We turned on our torches and headlamps and headed off to our next stop the Santa Teresa thermal baths.
The next day we headed to the canopy tour, which consisted of 6 of the highest zip-lines in South America. On this two hour tour we glided at almost 60km/hr over jungle rivers, canyons and trees. We then headed off on another three hour hike to Aguas Calientes. Here I explored the town with Sol before meeting the group for dinner. We all went to bed early after some quick drinks to wake up at 4am to head up the mountain to Machu Picchu.
The following day I explored a handful of other Inca ruins in the Sacred Valley including Pisac, Ollantaytambo, and Chinchero. It was great to learn so much about Inca history and culture. I am now back in Lima, Peru waiting for my flight tomorrow.
I would like to thank everyone who made my South American journey amazing and full of love. Thanks again to my family in Chile who made me feel like Vina del Mar was my second home and all the friends who I have made along the way.
Please stay tuned for my adventures in India and Nepal.