Callum Henson treks through the Peruvian jungle to Machu Picchu. His adventure includes hiking, white water rafting, zip-trekking and biking. Callum, tells us about his adventure.
My parents had beaten me to Peru to climb Machu Picchu and seeing their photos made me want to climb it even more. My mate and I were undecided between just doing the quick day trip and doing the jungle trek up to Machu Picchu.
Cusco to Santa Maria
We opted to do the jungle trek, which consisted of a four day long adventure involving long hikes, white water rafting, zip-trekking and biking. We started early in Cusco and drove for a couple of hours to the top of a mountain and then jumping on some bikes to make our way to the first town via a snaking road down the Abra de Malaga Pass. We stopped to admire the views and take some photos. We then stopped for the night in Santa Maria where some locals made some dinner for us.
Santa Teresa on the Urubamba River
The following day we started hiking to Santa Teresa, walking through the tropical forest and again stopping to admire the views. At the highest point of the trail, we use old trails that the runners used to use between towns. These are hair-raising tracks that are extremely narrow and sometimes had sheer cliffs with no railings. Some of our group found this extremely tough to cope with and had to slide down some steps on all fours. Upon arriving in Santa Teresa we were given the option to do some white water rafting on the Urubamba River. It was pouring with rain and lightning was hitting the mountainsides around us adding to the amazing atmosphere!
The next morning we could opt to do some zip-trekking by strapping into a flying fox and cruising across the valleys. Then we would drive to the hydro-electric station, where we would then hike the train tracks all the way to Aguas Calientes. On this trail you can see the amazing waterfall and the sheer amount of water that runs through these mountains all the while stopping at some hot springs for some rest and relaxation.
On the final day it was a 4am start to walk to the Machu Picchu gate hoping to be one of the first people up there to get a stamp allowing us access to Wayna Picchu. We entered Machu Picchu and were lucky enough to get our stamp. The majestic ruins are a sight to behold atop this mountain; buildings hanging over sheer drops. The knowledge that was required by these people to build this city is mind boggling. In the early afternoon we were able to climb Wayna Picchu which overlooks the city from around 1200 feet higher giving breathtaking views of the city.
Interested in a Peruvian adventure to Machu Picchu? Contact Callum Henson, an International Travel Consultant with Flight Centre based in Brisbane, Queensland who can be reached at 1300 321 164.