Arco Iris Del Puente Lodge
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... why we selected this trek, but admittedly a bed has its advantages.
So we are on the way. From the talk at the back of the bus we quickly realize that the Spanish 'youth' are all friends and although they look like 25 they act like 16. There is about 10 of them, 2 couples and rest just girls. There is a lot of shouting happening and rally crying - one would say Machu and the rest add Picchu. I feel like we are on a school trip. Comparing this with our recent 'retiree' trip ...
We began our Inca Journey at 5am when our guide Felipe picked us up at our hotel. We sleepily boarded the train with loads if other excited tourists and settled in for the hour long train trip to the 104km start off point. The train ride itself if beautiful, with great views of the nearby glacier and the towering mountain ranges.
The next 8 hours were challenging, incredible ...
... is another thing that really ****** me off - the blatant extortion of foreigners. Damn Gringo Tax.
Back at the bus pick up, much like the hostel situation the previous day they were just throwing us into minibuses wherever there was space. I was expecting all the minibuses to drop off in Santa Teressa, where we'd get on a big bus back to Cusco, but it was minibuses all the way. I thought there may have been a straightforward valley route to Cusco but we snaked back up ...
... 18-20 groups of close to 500 people). There were two unisex toilets near us and as you can imagine their condition began to degrade the more they were used. At 4:00am, I waited with two kids and their mom from Seattle feeling nauseous and trying not to puke on them, for my turn to use a bathroom with a wall covered 4 feet high in diarrhea. Apparently someone else was feeling sick.....recalling this just makes me shudder. To top it off, there was a 6 inch cicada ...
... hot springs which were nice to soak in for a couple of hours with the river and mountains as a backdrop. The next morning we left at about 8am to walk to Hidroelectrica which is where the local (but yet still expensive) train to Machu Picchu leaves from. You have to cross the river from Santa Teresa to the road leading to Hidroelectrica and until very recently this required you to stand on a metal tray hanging from a cable and pull yourself along the cable, ...