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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 Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

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11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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