The first part of the Inca Jungle trek was extremely fun with mountain biking, a long hike, hot springs and a night of pisco sours. Feeling a little fragile, we continued onto our last two days of the trek with zip-lining, a hike, french cake and ending at one of the world wonders: Machu Picchu. I was so excited to see this majestic sight.
The next day, we were taken in a minivan to the zip-lining place not too far from the hostel. Some of us were feeling little worst for wear but always up for some adrenaline junkie activity. We placed our harness on, checking the security then walked up a hill to the first line. I haven’t done zip-lining for a while so I was excited and slightly nervous, obviously not showing others. However, some of the group were afraid on height which added to the tension. Soon enough, I was clipped on to the cable and away I went, flying through the air top speed over a river, screaming slightly. It was so much fun. We did two more, waiting for the people in front to finish while getting bitten by mosquito and laughing at each other.
The last crossing of the river was on a unsteady bridge with the odd wooden plank to walk on. For me, this was great. I tried to run across, jumping on the slats and stopping for one of the girls in front. At the end, I was lowered to the ground, where I walked back to the start point to take off the equipment and relaxing. As this activity wasn’t part of my package, I had to pay an extra $30 for it but it was worth it.
After, we hopped back on the bus, where we drove for about 40 minutes to the Hydroelectric station through windy paths along a river. Here, we walked about 5 minutes to a restaurant to have lunch, consisting of a pasta dish for starter then rice, vegetable, avo for main and some ice-cream for dessert.
When we had finished, we walked solidly for just over 2 hours along a train track to Agua Calientes, where I ended up talking to one of the Belgium girls the whole way. As we walked pretty fast, we stopped for the others in the village, where we relaxed in a shop, drinking an expensive strawberry juice. Agua Calientes is a touristy place as the entrance of Machu Picchu is close by so many people stay here over night thus meaning the prices in restaurants and cafes are lot more than other parts of Peru.
Once the others arrived in the village, our guide took us to our hostel, where I was sharing with some of the other girls. We had some free time to explore the village before heading out for dinner. We chilled in our rooms, able to use the internet for the first time in three day, and showered with hot water as we were all feeling dirty.
A group of us met up to go to the market to buy food for the next day as food wasn’t provided for us. I bought some rolls, water, cheese, avocado and biscuits. Then some of us girls decided to go to a French bakery, where we ordered a selection of cakes and shared them between us. It was so lush!
In the evening, all of us met up and were taken to the restaurant for dinner. On the way, I had to go to the Machu Picchu office to buy my ticket as my agent had made a mistake. They didn’t accept my student card as it was also a cash card so I had to pay extra, which was totally unfair as I got told everything would be included. I couldn’t do much about it. Then I walked with one of my guides to the restaurant, where I had been saved a seat. We were able to choice our dinner out of many options, where I had an avocado salad to start then a vegetarian dish.
Even though it wasn’t that late, we were all feeling knackered and knew we were getting up super early the following day. After having our briefing about the next day, we walked back to the hostel and got ready for bed.