Biking Adventure Tour:
Global High School Travel Journal 2016-17 Term 4
Hello family and friends, As I sit down to write this entry, I smile at how fortunate we all are to have experienced the once-in-a-lifetime voyage we just undertook. It consisted of tranquil adventure and enjoyable exercise. I am speaking, of course, about the wonder that is Machu Picchu.
Some of us began our three-day journey with a 4:30 wake up call on Monday morning. After a nutritious breakfast, we hopped into our van and began driving through the Sacred Valley towards the snow-capped mountains just outside of Cusco. Officially outside the touristic center, we observed local Peruvians in their daily life as we passed through village after village. Arriving at our destination of Abra Malaga Mountain, we got all geared up for a downhill mountain bike trail – starting at more than 14,000 feet! We began our decent through the clouds, rolling down the winding roads, waving to wild animals along the way. It was a rainy day, but we toughed it out for a little while before breaking for a warm rest. There we were, stopped on the side of a mountain road at a rustic house where two Peruvian men served us hot tea beside a warm wood-burning fireplace. (I repeat: …”side of a mountain road at a rustic house where two Peruvian men served us hot tea beside a warm wood-burning fireplace.” Talk about your average Monday afternoon, right?)
After getting a little toasty from our tea, we drove to our next stop: Santa Maria. Here, we enjoyed an authentic Peruvian lunch made by a family that runs a large restaurant at their farmhouse. Eating together at a long picnic table in front of the beautiful green mountains surrounding Machu Picchu, we enjoyed awe-inspiring views as adorable chickens, puppies, and other farm animals casually roamed about.
Our day ended in the quaint town of Santa Teresa where we checked into our family-run hostel. It was here where we dried our clothes, settled into our rooms, and had our hearts stolen by the owner’s young son who ran around offering endless hugs and adorable smiles. Our evening concluded with a delicious dinner and a well-deserved sleep. We needed this early night because as most of you know, a new adventure awaited for us in the morning!