This was really hard work and we were walking uphill for around 4 hours.
We followed part of an Inca trail around the side of the mountain which was pretty scary as it was really steep in places and the track was so narrow with a sheer drop to the side of us (we discovered that Lee hasn’t conquered his fear of heights after all!)
We then ascended for 800 meters which felt like it took forever. By the time we finally reached our lunch stop Celia was almost ready to give up and collapsed into a hammock exhausted!
Lunch was in a shack in the middle of the jungle after which we had to walk for a further 3 hours much to Celia’s delight. The afternoon walk was much easier as it was downhill and flat along the river.
We had an option of going across the river on a cable car which Lee was really up for, however when we got there and saw it was just a metal box on a piece of string, we were glad that there was a knot in the rope so were unable to use it. Instead we went across the worlds most bouncy bridge and reached the hot springs which we had been looking forward to all day.
We weren’t disappointed! There were 5 pools in total of varying sizes and temperatures and we could feel the hot springs coming up through the rocks and stones on the bottom. We enjoyed the springs for several hours - it was bliss!
Before we knew it, it was dark so we showered and took the bus to Santa Teresa where we spent our second night. The hostel here was… interesting! It was a box room with plastic sheets on the ceiling and cold stone floor and as it was a Saturday night we could hear the local disco until 4am.
We had an early start on our second day of the Inca Jungle trek. The day started with banana and chocolate pancakes at 6:30am followed by a 16K trek. The first hour was a pleasant walk along the river then we began to climb up the mountain.