To get to Machu Picchu from Cusco I did Loki Hostel’s Inka Jungle Trek. At first I thought it sounded super gimmicky, but my friend was really excited about it and i wanted to join her. It turned into being one of the greatest memories, we had the best group that became a family and the biking and zip lining were more fun than hiking for 4 days strait. I didn’t take my camera, but we also spent New Years Eve in Cusco, and it was a crazy night of buying beer and fireworks off of 8 year olds as everyone around the city drunkenly shot off fireworks in every direction. As an American from Southern California with so many rules around fireworks, this was amazing!
The start of our Jungle Trek, began with a scary (in a good way) downhill bike ride down this swerving mountain road in the fog with cars zooming by us. Every meal on the trek was both pretty to look at and tasty traditional foods. This couple was beautiful, I spoke to them in broken Spanish and learned he bikes his wife around everyday because she can’t walk anymore. They spoke of only their happiness. day 2 we hiked 16km on the Inka Trail… this ended up being enough hiking to feel proud of ourselves family picture