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Cuzco & the start of the Inca Jungle, Sat-Sun, Jan 5-Jan 6 (LAS)

We had hoped to hike the Inca trail while in Cuzco.  We soon learned that lead time is needed in booking the Inca Trail.  We sifted through other options with a local travel agent in Lima and settled on the Inca Jungle, leaving on Sunday.  This is a combination bike-hike that ends in Machu Picchu but doesn´t require advance booking since it isn´t on the government-controlled Inca Trail which requires permits.
We spent our first night in Cuzco running around a bit tacking care of details for the Inca Jungle trek.  We left Jason´s boots in the hotel in Sydney, so our biggest priority was renting some boots (Luckily Janelle was able to get these back to CA since she left shortly after us and Mike is bringing them to Rio).
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perubolivia-039.jpgSunday morning started with a quick introduction to some new friends from Buenos Aires.  Victoria´s English was GREAT (and we latter learned that she went to school at a bilingual school).  She proved to be very helpful in getting us to improve our Spanish and regain some of what we were taught years ago.  Our guide, Andy, asked about our ages.  I later learned that he thought Jason was younger than me—I really need to get my hair colored!
 From the square, we hit the local buses and began a bus ride that our mothers would not have approved of…I battled motion sickness (of course) and unfortunately or luckily (I am still not sure) didn´t see much of the scary drive.  I did pick my head up each time we slowed down to move slowly across the road that was half-eaten away by the latest mudslide.  It was rainy and dark and the road was definitely curvaceous-I am still not sure how I kept my cookies down for the last hour or so (I suppose fear of embarrassment).
 
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When we reached the summit, bikes were offloaded from the buses, we donned our rain gear (as it was still a bit nasty out) and began the decent.  For about 5 hours, we made our way down the mountain on mountain bikes.  There was more break usage than peddling, but it was definitely fun…until my pedal fell off.  I was going up the 3rd hill of consequence and as my foot rotated, the pedal just fell off.  We found the missing parts, but needed some tools (of which we discovered our guides didn´t have even though we were told in advance they would carry a kit).  One of the guides swapped bikes with me and began to work on the broken pedal.  We eventually made it down to Santa Maria covered in mud (COVERED) with sore bums and our hostel for the first night.perubolivia30d-018.jpg
 -LAS
 
 
 

  

 

  

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