I booked the 4 day/3 night Inca Jungle trek with STA (all activities are included) in London before heading out to travel round South America. It was definitely one of the highlights of my whole journey and the perfect way to end an amazing few months.
A few days before the trek started I went to the Bamba office based at Millhouse Hostel in Cusco to check in and get my briefing from the guide. Our guide, Eddie, was exceptional from the start. He made sure we were given all the information we needed including what to expect each day and what to pack. He was happy to answer any questions and I definitely felt I was in good hands.
First day was biking downhill for approx 2.5 hours. We were given good bikes with good tread on the tyres, helmets, body protection, gloves and high vis vests. A guide led the group and a support vehicle always followed behind. You could go at your own pace and the biking was very easy even in really horrible rainy conditions. We were meant to also raft on this day but sadly this was cancelled. A refund was given by Bamba when we returned to Cusco.
The second day is the proper trek day. I would call it an easy to moderate trek which Eddie always talked us through so we knew how long each section would be. Throughout the day he pointed out the various plants, fruits, insects and animals we saw. You also get to walk for about an hour on the Inca trail. You get to experience a cable car like no other I have ever seen and end the day in an amazing hot springs with hot shower and all other facilities you could need.
Day 3 starts off with zip lining. The company used is called Inka Flyers who use full body harnesses. You are also given helmets and gloves. Despite being very nervous this was definitely
an unforgettable experience I am so glad I plucked up the courage for. After lunch you then walk along the train tracks around Machu Picchu for around 3 hours before arriving at Agua Calientes.
Day 4 of course ends with a visit to Machu Picchu. Eddie organises all the bus and train tickets and a gives a great tour of the site first thing in the morning. The only slight issue is we had no say in what time our train was booked to go back towards Cusco. Sadly this meant we felt a bit rushed. I would check this when booking.
The food was always very good and plentiful. Accommodation was basic but clean and adequate. Eddie definitely made this experience and I would highly recommend this an alternative to the traditional Inca trial trek.
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