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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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The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

Are you waiting for life events to turn out the way you want so that you can feel more positive about your life? Do you find yourself having pre-conditions to your sense of well-being, thinking that certain things must happen for you to be happier? Do you think there is no way that your life stresses can make you anything other than “stressed out” and that other people just don’t understand?  If your answer is “yes” to any of these questions, you might find yourself lingering in the land of negativity for too long!

The following are some tips to keep positive no matter what comes your way. This post will help you stop looking for what psychologists call “positivity” in all the wrong places!  Here are the ten essential habits of positive people.

1. Positive people don’t confuse quitting with letting go.

Instead of hanging on to ideas, beliefs, and even people that are no longer healthy for them, they trust their judgement to let go of negative forces in their lives.  Especially in terms of relationships, they subscribe to The Relationship Prayer which goes:

 I will grant myself the ability to trust the healthy people in my life … 

To set limits with, or let go of, the negative ones … 

And to have the wisdom to know the DIFFERENCE!

 2.  Positive people don’t just have a good day – they make a good day.

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3. For the positive person, the past stays in the past.

Good and bad memories alike stay where they belong – in the past where they happened. They don’t spend much time pining for the good ol’ days because they are too busy making new memories now. The negative pulls from the past are used not for self-flagellation or unproductive regret, but rather productive regret where they use lessons learned as stepping stones towards a better future.

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4. Show me a positive person and I can show you a grateful person.

The most positive people are the most grateful people.  They do not focus on the potholes of their lives.  They focus on the pot of gold that awaits them every day, with new smells, sights, feelings and experiences.  They see life as a treasure chest full of wonder.

5. Rather than being stuck in their limitations, positive people are energized by their possibilities.

Optimistic people focus on what they can do, not what they can’t do.  They are not fooled to think that there is a perfect solution to every problem, and are confident that there are many solutions and possibilities.  They are not afraid to attempt new solutions to old problems, rather than spin their wheels expecting things to be different this time.  They refuse to be like Charlie Brown expecting that this time Lucy will not pull the football from him!

6. Positive people do not let their fears interfere with their lives!

Positive people have observed that those who are defined and pulled back by their fears never really truly live a full life. While proceeding with appropriate caution, they do not let fear keep them from trying new things. They realize that even failures are necessary steps for a successful life. They have confidence that they can get back up when they are knocked down by life events or their own mistakes, due to a strong belief in their personal resilience.

7. Positive people smile a lot!

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8. People who are positive are great communicators.

They realize that assertive, confident communication is the only way to connect with others in everyday life.  They avoid judgmental, angry interchanges, and do not let someone else’s blow up give them a reason to react in kind. Rather, they express themselves with tact and finesse.  They also refuse to be non-assertive and let people push them around. They refuse to own problems that belong to someone else.

9. Positive people realize that if you live long enough, there are times for great pain and sadness.

One of the most common misperceptions about positive people is that to be positive, you must always be happy. This can not be further from the truth. Anyone who has any depth at all is certainly not happy all the time.  Being sad, angry, disappointed are all essential emotions in life. How else would you ever develop empathy for others if you lived a life of denial and shallow emotions? Positive people do not run from the gamut of emotions, and accept that part of the healing process is to allow themselves to experience all types of feelings, not only the happy ones. A positive person always holds the hope that there is light at the end of the darkness.  

10. Positive person are empowered people – they refuse to blame others and are not victims in life.

Positive people seek the help and support of others who are supportive and safe.They limit interactions with those who are toxic in any manner, even if it comes to legal action and physical estrangement such as in the case of abuse. They have identified their own basic human rights, and they respect themselves too much to play the part of a victim. There is no place for holding grudges with a positive mindset. Forgiveness helps positive people become better, not bitter.

How about you?  How many habits of positive people do you personally find in yourself?  If you lack even a few of these 10 essential habits, you might find that the expected treasure at the end of the rainbow was not all that it was cracked up to be. How could it — if you keep on bringing a negative attitude around?

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I wish you well in keeping positive, because as we all know, there is certainly nothing positive about being negative!

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