Machu Picchu Hike via the Inca Jungle Trek

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Machu Picchu is one of those tourist attractions that everyone, including their mother’s cousins’ long distance uncle, has heard of and is on their bucket list. It screams tourist trap. I’m definitely not one for tourist traps but there’s just something that draws even I to such a place. Millions of people can’t be wrong, right?

If there are thousands of lemmings jumping off the cliff, there’s got to something wrong with the one lemming that didn’t follow right? Probably against my better judgment, I decided why the hell not? I’ll be a lemming for a day!

Cusco
Cusco

I arrived in Cusco by bus from Arequipa. A couple of friends suggested I stay at the Wild Rover hostel. Now if the name has any indication as to what kind of hostel this was, it does, it’s a wild party hostel. I don’t know what it is but my friends tend to always point to me to party places. The Wild Rover is no exception and, in fact, holds the reputation as the craziest party hostel in South America. This is further exacerbated by the fact that it’s their 25th anniversary.

Danger, danger Will Roger we're in Wild Rover


The Wild Rover is no exception and, in fact, holds the reputation as the craziest party hostel in South America. This is further exacerbated by the fact that it’s their 25th anniversary. I went to my room and there was another guy staying and he warned me, that I would not be sleeping tonight.

This place is going to blow up, he said. In fact, he booked another hostel just to escape the Wild Rover party and get some sleep. Well, sure enough after that night. A wild party is all that I can remember. Short flashes of memories of people dressed in togas or not dressed at all would sometimes flood my aching head and I've got a migraine to go with it.

I remember little, but I remember twerking to a Miley Cyrus song on top of the bar with a bunch of other drunk people. Luckily I wasn’t twerking alone or it would’ve been a much more embarrassing memory than it already was. There was only one good thing that occurred that night; I was able to secure an Inca Jungle Trek tour for the next day.

There are several ways to get to Machu Picchu. You can take one of the popular tours or do it yourself. I was going to skip the fancy tours and just get there via bus and train and scribble it off the list. After mulling it over I decided it was best to take a tour, it would have cost almost the same as taking one of the popular tours (the train fare was something like $75 or more one way).

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