The Aftermath of Our Machu Picchu Trek

Making our way to Cuenca

Stay up-to-date with this summary of the third week in South America, courtesy of the legendary Klara in Cuenca.

This week we spent our last couple of days in Peru in a small town called Mancora along the northern beaches, very close to the border to Ecuador.

We arrived Monday morning after an 18 hour bus ride from Lima with bags full of dirty clothes; the aftermath of our 5-day trek to Machu Picchu the week before. After we checked into our hostel and dropped off our laundry some of us decided to explore the beach while others stayed behind to take a much needed refreshing plunge in the pool. The rest of the afternoon was spent writing diaries, reading books, and taking naps in the hammocks right outside our rooms.

For dinner we all went to a restaurant called SaxSay. Back at the hostel a few power naps were taken before we left the hostel for a night out… In the pouring rain. By the time we got back we were properly soaked and exhausted from dancing it out on the counter tops.

The next couple of days mostly consisted of sun burning (in the case of a special few), card games, reading by the pool, and most importantly: napping 3 times a day. We discovered a sandwich place which served “the best sandwich you will ever have” which was as frequently visited as 3 times a day.

On Wednesday some people decided to hitch a ride to a neighbouring town to go snorkelling with turtles which was a “magical experience.”

On the last day banana boating and jet skis highlighted the day. That night we boarded a bus to take us over the border and into Cuenca, Ecuador. We reached the immigration stop around 3 in the morning and overall exhaustion ran throughout the entire group.

We arrived in Cuenca at around 9am on Friday morning. After a solid amount of catching up on sleep the city was explored and many different forms of breakfast foods were consumed. Fighting sleep deprivation and re-energizing after dinner we were ready for yet another night out. It is currently 4am and the last travel preparations are made to go into the Amazon.

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