From such great heights
Trip Start Oct 17, 2009
22Trip End Nov 25, 2009
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I´m here in Cuzco and the first day I was just taking it differently as I´m back into travel mode. So of course since I´m staying at a party hostel, that´s what I was doing. My original plan was to take the bus to Ollantaytambo Thursday and then hit Macchu Picchu Friday. But instead when I asked about train tickets today at the hostel, I found out that it would be much more worthwhile to do the Inka Jungle trek as well as likely cheaper. Its a three day, two night tour. First day I will be mountain biking down some roads and trails and then hike up to Macchu Picchu the second and then the third is spent all day at Macchu Picchu
So after I set up that first tour and spent my remaining dollar reserves, I decided that I should figure out the rest of my schedule for the rest of the journey and get all the necessary things settled. So I got my overnight bus ticket to Puno that leaves Sunday and then I set up my hostel for when I get back to Cuzco on Saturday and then my hostel in Puno on Monday and Tuesday and then I decided to go for the splurge and buy a plane ticket from Puno all the way to Iquitos, which is in the northern Peruvian Amazon basin. I figured that I´ve been to South America so many times and Ive never had a proper rainforest tour experience. It cost a lot to buy that flight, but I reasoned it out that if I were to make my way back up to Bogota the same way it would cost half the dollars but I would spend four days in transit. And then Ill take a boat from Iquitos to the Brasilian/Colombian border and then take a flight from Leticia all the way up to either Bogota or Cartagena. I hear that the river boat travel is long and boring because there´s nothing to do but watch the river as you go by, but the pictures will likely be amazing. So if I don´t get jungle tomorrow, then I´ll get it when I got down the Amazon.
So Cuzco is pretty much seen and done. I really only got a chance to eat some cheap meals and book all the things I need for the rest of my trip. And from now until the end of the journey, I´ll be taking things at a rough pace. The only things that will go slowly will be the times I spend in transit. But Im not really sparing any moments staying in any cities anymore. I imagine after a long time mountain biking and then hiking all the way through Macchu Picchu will tire me out. Then I´ll go to the market the day after.
So at this point really, Im starting to see the end of the journey and how I´ll be going back to the states. It really does feel like Im just starting. And part of that was because I really didnt hit the big sites until late and I had the volunteer experience that really stole a lot of my time travelling.
I think the rest of the journey should be great though, as long as no speed bumps occur along the way. There was almost one when I was buying my plane ticket and the travel agent originally put the departure date as december 18th but I caught it right away. I´ve actually happened to go to the airport once when that happened. But that was back when I was looking for apartments in Philadelphia and it turned out that if I had gone, it would have been mostly for naught anyway
So today was a tiresome day even though it was supposed to be a relaxing non-eventful day. But all the preparations and wearing the worst set of clothes for the most of the day (since I had to get all the rest washed before I set out for the heavy stuff) really took a lot out of me.
So I´m not sure how much internet I´ll have in the next few days as I´ll be hiking and whatnot, but I shall be staying in hostels in small cities, so maybe I will have the opportunity to update. But as I gave my card reader away, I dont think I can easily upload photos anymore, so those will come later when I get back home