Inca Jungle Trek

It’s been about a month now since I came back from my solo trip in South America and I’ve been missing Peru so much. Everyday I crave the outdoors and a new adventure, but I know I have to be patient and make everyday positive until I can take off again. I have a really exciting trip that I might venture on in a few months for my birthday, but we’ll see. It will be a surprise. 🙂

Anyhow, I wanted to finally write about the Inca Jungle Trek I went on. It was a 4 day, 3 night trek that involved mountain biking down the Andean mountains, hiking, rafting, zip lining, and Machu Picchu to end the trip. The total cost of the trip was $230 USD, but you add on extra costs for the zip lining, rafting (I skipped), Huayna Picchu (must-do!), etc. I booked the trip through Loki Hostel, which is where I stayed in Cusco. The hostel was great and the trek was amazing. I would recommend it to anyone! And I am NOT getting paid to say this!

On DAY 1 of our trek we met in front of the hostel in the morning to take off to the mountains. I think the drive was about an hour and a half? I can’t remember exactly. Once we got to our location we geared up to mountain bike down some of the most beautiful scenery I’ve ever seen. The bike was actually too tall for me so the company had to actually saw down one of the seats for me so that my feet could touch the ground. Short people problems! Anyhow, racing down the mountain was such an incredible feeling. I was initially pretty scared cause you’re going downhill and pretty fast, but once I got the hang of the bike I went from the last person to one of the first. Here are some pictures:

Us geared up!
Us geared up!

So beautiful!
So beautiful!

This is the town we stopped biking in.
This is the town we stopped biking in.

Peru, so beautiful in every way.
Peru, so beautiful in every way.
On DAY 2 we had a whole day of hiking. It was raining this morning too, so we started off with ponchos. I wore shorts and a tank top underneath cause it was still very HOT! The hike was pretty strenuous at first and had A LOT of uphill action. I was the last one of the group and had to take multiple breaks for my lungs. Once the uphill part died down, the hike was much easier. The scenery again was so amazing. Being one with nature is always my favorite part when hiking and the mountains there have so much spirit. I definitely felt connected to Mother Earth (Pachamama as they call her) and her awesomeness!

These pictures don't do justice.
These pictures don’t do justice.

The Great Urubamba River. You can feel its strength when you hear the rapids.
The Great Urubamba River. You can feel its strength when you hear the rapids.

Pachamama.
Pachamama.

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset
A-m-a-z-i-n-g.

A little wobbly and scary, but was so fun to cross!
A little wobbly and scary, but was so fun to cross!

Taking cable cars across the river! So much fun!
Taking cable cars across the river! So much fun!
On DAY 3 we zip lined! And let me tell you, I am scared of heights but still did it anyway! It was so much fun and I do not regret it one bit. Some of the girls in my group were saying that after the first one it gets better, but I was scared each time (total of 5!). I have some videos that I need to edit so I can share, but you can see me scared and then having the time of my life in each one. Haha! After zip lining, we hiked for a few more hours to get to Aguas Calientes.

IMG_3159

On DAY 4 we headed to Machu Picchu from Aguas Calientes.

The road to Machu Picchu.
The road to Machu Picchu.
Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

Peekaboo!
Peekaboo!
I have more details about the actual hike up to Machu Picchu on my previous post . And I forgot to mention, every night we stayed in different hostels. They were basic hostels with rooms you shared with a few others from your group. Two had wi-fi and one didn’t. Two had warm water and the other was supposed to have warm water, but we had no idea how to work it. Overall, the trip was so much fun and I would recommend it to anyone who likes adventure. Let me know if you have any questions.

Happy planning!

<3, jewlz

 

2 thoughts on “Inca Jungle Trek

  1. semisweettooth

    Hey there – I haven’t done much research yet, but I’m working on planning a trip to Peru. Is this the traditional Inca Trail hike, where you hike all the way along the Inca Trail to MP?

    Like

  2. hungryjewlz

    Hi semisweettooth! Thanks for reading!

    The trek I went on is called the Inca Jungle Trek which is different than the Classic Inca Trail. I wanted to go on the classic one, but even when I started looking about few months in advance, the spots sold out too quickly and I was unable to go on that trek. But the Jungle Trek was so much fun! It’s definitely more of an adventurous one cause it has biking, zip lining, hiking, etc. =)

    If you want to go on the classic inca trail, which is 4 days/3 nights I would suggest you to book at least 6 months in advance. There are a couple companies I emailed and inquired with when I was initially looking and if you would like to know which ones, just let me know. And if you have any more questions, ask. =)

    Take care!

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s