We booked the four day jungle trip to Machu Picchu, which combined mountain biking, zip lining and trekking. Overall the trip was fantastic, made even more so by our wonderful guide Hugo. We were told at the briefing that it was just going to be the two of us and our guide. This was great as there were many other groups with very large numbers. This made the experience very personal and even more special.
The first day was fantastic; mountain biking down the mountains, the scenery was out of this world. It was so much fun and we even got to do a bit of off road biking which was pretty cool. The accommodation was very pretty, a lodge with a lovely garden. However the room we got was right on the main road where building work went on until the early hours of the morning (meaning very little sleep). The room also smelt of drains, which was unbearable. The place they took us for food was amazing, traditional Peruvian food and lots of it.
On the second day we hiked the inca trail, seeing traditional houses, one with a pet monkey. Another place we stopped we were told in depth knowledge about the food available in the area. Our guide Hugo used a plant (traditionally used for tattoos in the jungle) to paint some cool Peruvian/inca designs on our arm/legs. It was really cool (it washed off after a few days)The trail was very beautiful, at the other end we got picked up and taken to a beautiful Eco lodge. It was very basic, but beautiful. Again the food was amazing. We did the Zip lines which were really cool.
On the third day we drove to the base of a huge mountain (2900 meters high). We hiked up the mountain, stopping often to catch our breath and to take in the scenery. The trek was very hard work due to how high and humid it was. Our guide Hugo did not rush us and talked often, telling us stories. We stopped at the top of the mountain at a beautiful place for food, the views were fantastic looking across and down to Machu Picchu. It took us just under 6 hours to do the trek up and down. We then got the train to AC. Our accommodation here was ok, hot shower but again very noisy. The town isn't very pretty and quite expensive. So don't stay there an extra night after Machu Picchu.
The final day we left after 5am to go to Machu Picchu. We waited in the que which was pretty long to get the bus to the top (it didn't take too long due to the amount of buses)When we arrived we queued again to go through the entrance. Machu Picchu was out of this world and so much bigger than expected. Our guide Hugo told us so much about the site, it was fascinating. We then had our own time to explore and said our good byes to Hugo. We then got the train to Ollantaymbo. We stayed here for a few nights. It's a beautiful old village with so many sites in walking distance. I would recommend stating here In the sacred valley.
Overall our trip was made amazing by our great guide Hugo, he was funny, helpful, good to talk to and had so much information to tell you.
The only reason it's not a 5 is due to the accommodation.
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