Jungle Jams

The last week has felt like a month. In one 22 hour bus ride, I switched from a pretty consistent schedule of serving food and teaching workshops in Bemelsa to travel mode. The week was full of couchsurfs, carnivales, Andean highlands, and jungle low lands. Each one is worthy of it’s own post. Time does seem to slow down when you’re having rad adventures.

I left the warm hospitality of my host, Jasem and family from Cusco to do a 4 day tour to Machu Picchu. Usually I haven’t done tours due to a mix of being cheap and liking my independence. But, I gave this one a shot. I got paired up with a couple from Boston doing a ten day blitz through Perú. It kind of got to a rocky start when the misses couldn’t quite ride a bike, and the first day included a 50 km downhill bike ride. I was a little nervous about how it was going to go.

I really believe that everyone has something to offer if you take the time to get to know them. “You’re nothing special, unless they are too” says Typhoon. So over the next four days we bonded over an irate monkey stealing insoles, some long hikes, and a freaking awesome, but also scary cable car. I heard a bit of their story, about how they work 80+ hours a week and how their reevaluating whether it’s worth it. A prideful mind that’s in everyone, including me, might have written them off, but getting to know them was so much more fulfilling.

Our trip took us to a 4,300 k summit; a bike ride down to the jungle; ghosts towns; a 12 mile hike full of awesome bugs and incan ruins; a zipline; and finally a walk up the train tracks- hobo style- to the pueblo of Aguas Calientes. From there it was a 4:30 am wake up and scramble up the mountain to Machu Picchu. More to come on that, next post.

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