I woke up with one thing on my mind: surfing. I had wanted to surf in Lima ever since our first day here, and had never gotten the chance. It was nice to have something to look forward to the entire trip, otherwise it might have been a bit sad to return to the city after our days of adventures in the Andes and in the jungle.
When the van pulled up at Wasai Lodge, a hotel in Puerto Maldonado, we could see the elegant water features and beautiful shrubbery inside the lobby. Little did we know, this was all just a façade. I’m exaggerating a bit, of course, but the truth was we did have an awful experience here.
With so many adventures behind us, we started packing up our things to head out of the Rainforest. We had been here for almost 4 days, and it was just starting to feel a bit like home. We had made friends with the other guests and the staff, but we had to leave all that to move on with our journey.
We woke up to our earliest alarm yet. 4:30 seemed to come even sooner than we had thought, but we were excited to get started on our excursion. Today we would be heading to the swamp to look for macaws.
We woke up to our 5:00 alarm and casually rolled out of bed in preparation for our early morning excursion. The early morning was the best time to see wildlife. Usually they hide during the heat of the day, and around dusk a lot of them are starting to look for a place to settle in for the night, but during the day the animals are just starting to come alive!
After being in Puerto Maldonado for less than an hour, I was already feeling significantly better. Our tour guide picked us up at the airport and got us a ride to the office. Here we would prepare for our 4-day journey through the Amazon.
On my phone I have hundreds of photos from the Peru trip, but there is one 24-hour window where there is nothing. This was the period of time where I could barely pick my head up I was so sick. I apologize for the lack of pictures, but it wasn't really possible today.
Today was the day. We were finally going to see the legendary Machu Picchu. During the whole trip, we would see pictures and billboards of these mountain ruins all over the city. It only helped to build our anticipation.
This morning was one of our earlier wake-ups. From here on out, the trip would pretty much be 5:00 mornings every morning. We had a driver waiting for us outside the apartment. He would take us to the train station located approximately 30 minutes away. From here we would take the 3-hour train through the Andes to our final destination.
On our second morning in Cusco, we got off to a bit of a late start. We had been travelling so much that we tried to make up sleep whenever possible and today we didn’t have too much planned. For breakfast, we headed back to our favorite restaurant, Green Point, for some amazing vegan food.