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Best Tips On Inca Jungle Trek

Best Tips On Inca Jungle Trek

When it comes to a jungle trek, the Inca jungle trek is rated as the most adventurous trekking choice in the Cusco region. It is also the most varied regarding activities. The trek combines a downhill mountain biking adventure, followed by possible river rafting on grade III and IV rapids, jungle trekking, and voluntary zip lining.

Most trekkers do the 4-day, 3-night program, although it is possible to finish the trek using a 3-day, 2-night itinerary—more about this below.

Comfort on the trek is in a hostel or home stays, with a night in a hotel in Aguas Calientes.

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The trek usually appears to interest people who like adrenaline-filled experiences. If you are looking for an original Andean trekking experience but hate mountain biking yet enjoy camping, this trek may not be for you.

Here are some activities you will carry out while on the the Inca jungle trek:

Biking on the Inca Jungle Trek

Make sure your tour company provides high visibility vests, reliable mountain bikes and guarding gear such as a full cover helmet and body gear— body gear may be overkill for some people. A backup vehicle usually drives beside you; if you get tired or just want to stop, you can get into the car; this offer is not available with all tour corporations.

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You will stop to have lunch end route and will be dropped off at Santa Maria, about 1,196 meters in the middle of that day. If there is time and the season is right, typically October-April, you can go river rafting. This is an optional addition, offered by some tour owners; they do charged separately, with the cost being around $50 (USD) per person.

Rafting

On the first day, once lunch is over, individuals who have reserved their names for rafting can move forward to do it. If any person is interested in rafting that day, there may be an increased cost. The rafting camp is situated near the Urubamba River.

Here is the safety equipment you will need: life jackets and helmets.

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The company will provide them for you. A guide will escort you at all times in a rescue boat following the raft (there most likely will be a guide with you in the raft).

The river is usually between the III and III+ class; this is good speed. Know that the guides will help you and your raft crew at all times. If the rapid are at a greater level that day, the tour may be cancelled (with your money refunded).

 Zip Lining

The zip lining option is sometimes an added bonus on adventure packages—make sure you examine if zip lining is added to your tour rate when you book it. If it is an unrestricted extra, the price usually is about $40; this also includes transport to the zip lines and 3-5 zips, the longest of which is 150 meters above the ground.

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After completing zip lining, you still need to continue trekking for about 2-3 hours to the hydroelectric station, before either advancing along the railway treks for another 2 hours to the town of Aguas Clients or, if you are tired, to get a train to Aguas Calientes from the hydroelectric station; the estimated time is 45 minutes and costs around $30 (USD).

Trekkers not interested in zip lining will start the trek first thing in the morning or wait in Santa Theresa until zip liners have finished their airborne excursion.

Hiking

The main hike happens on the last day of the tour where the people walk into the high forests in Machu Picchu. Here, they will have to climb around 1,500 stairs. Once they reach the entrance early in the morning, they will be additionally guided by tour guides about the area; this goes on for around 1.5 hours. They even explain about the spectacular Inca city.

After this, the trekkers have additional time on their hands to explore Machu Picchu to its fullest, all by themselves.

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How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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