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Thinking the people in China were trying to rob me of my water - they really just wanted me to drink up so they could take my bottle and recycle it for pennies - that was humbling.

  • 26 years old
  • From London, United Kingdom
  • Currently in London, United Kingdom

#1 - Cuzco, Manu Biosphere Reserve & Machu Picchu

For my first solo big trip, I'm travelling alone to Peru. Starting with a short stay in Cuzco, then transferring to the Manu Biosphere reserve where I'll work with other Kaya volunteers for two weeks; if I survive this, I'll finish on my 24th birthday and then have a week to explore the rest of Cuzco, including the classic Machu Picchu hike. Who's with me?!

Planning, Planning, Planning

United Kingdom London, United Kingdom  |  May 26, 2014
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  • I was considering the below - if anyone has feedback or prior experiences, let me know!


    4 Day Inca Trails:


    http://www.sastravelperu.com/english/program/614/inca-trail-4day4night-with-extra-night-in-aguas-calientes-group-service


    http://www.pmexplorers.com/pdfs/2014/4%20Day%20Inca%20Trail__2014.pdf


    River Rafting (because why not celebrate my 24th birthday in style?)


    http://www.sastravelperu.com/english/program/504/river-rafting-1-day-urubamba

Starting to get excited for the Peruvian adventure in November - so far, purchased Fodor's Peru guidebook (it had a pleasing balance of pictures and useful information) and a massive hiking backpack. It's starting to feel like it's really happening!

So, here's the (rudimentary) plan:

1. Two weeks with Kaya in the Manu Biosphere Reserve

2. One week (7 days) in some way exploring Cuzco and Machu Picchu

Spent the whole afternoon today browsing Machu Picchu tour providers, as I've read that in order to do the classic Inca (or Inka, as they apparently spell it) trail, you have to go with a licensed tour operator and book up to 6 months in advance, as there are only 500 permits a day for the trail. I'm undecided as to whether to do a full four day hike, or simply a two day tour - the full whack sounds more fun, but the two day tour will allow me to squeeze more into my stay (although do I want to sacrifice the full experience for a rushed surface experience?)

They seem pretty expensive too, with strange price breakdowns - ~$1000 per person for one person, or ~$750 per person for two? If anyone's planning on doing this and would like to split the cost, let me know!

Next step is to purchase the flight tickets to Cuzco, and then I really want to see about this Machu Picchu trek, plus the Huyana Pichhu extra little climb bit.

Cuzco hostels seem to be booking up pretty fast too, and the sooner I figure out what I'm doing with my leftover week, the better I can plan for the rest of the stay!

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    May 26, 2014
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