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June 21, 2016

Machu Picchu Inca Jungle Trek

Machu Picchu had been on my bucket list for ever. I took a flight from Lima Peru to Cusco.

Most treks to Machu Picchu start at Cusco, give your self an extra day in Cusco before starting the Trek, to get used to high altitude. I booked my trek in Cusco and my choices were Inca Jungle Trek or Salkantay Trek. The traditional trek using Inca Trail gets booked months in advanced. I picked the Inca Jungle Trek as it had Downhill mountain biking, zip lines, whitewater rafting and visit to the Santa Theresa hot springs. Zip lining was extra  money $$. Whichever route you choose, everyone should see Machu Picchu once in their lifetime.

Day One 

The tour van was at the hostel early morning to drive us to the Andes mountains, my start of the Machu Picchu Trek was a mountain Bike ride in the Andes mountain, it rained on us and it was freezing. Regardless it was a great great time, once in a life time experience.

Get a good slip resistant hiking boots before going on a hike, my advice is to spend the extra money and get a good pair. Break them well before starting the hike. Mine were slip resistant and water proof. I plan to use them on several other mountain Hikes. Hopefully to Kilimanjaro.

Besides a change of clothes, a rain poncho, the few other things I carried on the hike was Energy bars, hydrating gels, band aids, flash light and alarm watch. Band-Aids came handy as with all the walking I started to get blisters, nothing to bad though. You can also buy  coca leaves and chew on them for energy and they help with altitude  sickness.

Did white Water Rafting in the Urbamba River, the rapids were not too bad compared to rafting in the Himalayas India 

Day 2 

Our tour guide put some kind of a henna tattoo on us, the tattoos are washable and they symbolized Inca warriors, Picture below - The Group I was part of that did the trek with me, showing our tattoos. The sheds in the picture is where we stayed the night with a local Peruvian family.

Most of the day was spent trekking, with a break for lunch. In the evening it was time for a relaxing dip at the Santa Theresa hot springs.

Day 3  

Zip Lining in the Andes Mountains, I did zip-lining across 6 lines in the mountains. Little nervous on the fist one, but by the 3rd and 4th, I let go off my hands. This was day three.

Above Pictures are other members of my trek group Zip lining 

We trekked the afternoon to Aguas Calientes. The trek is something that cannot be described, it needs to be experienced, the beauty of the Mountains, rivers and streams along the way. One of my best travels.

Day 4 - There’s something magical about this ancient city in the mountains.

Stayed the night at Aguas Calientes and next day the Climb to Machu Picchu started at 5 AM.  About an hour and a half up the Inca staircase to Machu Picchu. Our tour guide spent a good 2 hours giving a tour after that I spent time to meditate there. 

If you have the energy left, I highly recommend doing the Huyna Picchu climb, below me at Huyna Picchu. Awesome view of Machu Picchu can be seen from Huyna Picchu, you will need to book the additional Huyna Picchu trek when booking your Machu Picchu trek as additional ticket is needed.

At Huyna Picchu, it was a cloudy day, still could see amazing views below 

On the way back from Machu Picchu to Cusco, the tour company took us back on a train and bus.

Have you been or planning to go to Machu Picchu, Comments?

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  1. Macchu picchu apears like a great trip.Haven't been there ,but would like to

  2. This is lovely. I enjoyed this post because we are thinking about visiting Machu Picchu next year. Will be saving this post.

  3. It was great to read about your Machu Picchu experience as I've heard so much about it. I didn't know there were other activities you can have included, that is awesome. The white water rafting and zip lining look fun :) The hot springs sound like such a great way to relax after all the trekking too. Did you have a favourite activity of all or would you say it was the trek to Aguas Calientes?


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