Another Walk Through the Jungle

Anyone who knows me is very much aware of how much I love walking in the rainforest. Making my way through the jungle very, very slowly while looing and listening for things that most people never find is an amazing way to spend a day.

Sadly, it seems that no one wants to experience the jungle like this. I’ve gone into the rainforest with dozens of people and haven’t found a single person who’s willing to take the time to find all of the wonderful sights and sounds there. Everyone I’ve ever gone into the jungle wants either wants to talk or walk fast or both.

Absolutely no one has ever been willing to learn how to see all the fantastic things that others who know the jungle have taught me to find. The photos below are all of things that are incredibly easy to find. I’m not some special jungle tracker who’s learned the secrets of the natives. Indeed, the “secrets” are very simple — go slow, look, and listen. Do that and the jungle will reveal itself to anyone.

I’ve been with people who grow up in the jungle and they’ve shared a lot of what they were taught, but it’s never like in movies. Even the best do those simple things, but even they sometimes make mistakes and miss things.

This little walk along the railroad tracks that continue on from Machupicchu Pueblo to the hydroelectric complex 11 km downstream is one of those walks that everyone should make. It’s very easy, can be done in a day, and will take you through the jungle to experience things that even the people who go there miss — IF you are willing to look.

Hidden Inca roads and bridges, amazing animal and plant life, some of the most important ruin sites that exist in all of South America, and some of the most warm and friendly people in Peru make this route an experience that everyone should build into their plans when visiting Machu Picchu. If you ever want to go with someone who can show the “secrets” along the way, let me know!

In the meantime, here’s a collection of photos I took earlier this week as I made my way for about 6 km before dark clouds convinced me to turn around and make my way back. (Knowing the route well also means I know all the places to find shelter if, indeed, it does a jungle rain does appear over the mountains.)

[Be sure to click on each photo to see a larger version.]

For those curious about what I use, all these were taken with a Canon 90D DSLR and almost all using a Sigma 100-400 “Contemporary” lens that I’ve fallen in love with. (I took all of these and don’t steal other’s photos from Wikipedia or other internet websites to claim them as my own.)

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5 thoughts on “Another Walk Through the Jungle”

  1. Taking time and slowing down…waiting quietly…the secret to viewing Nature…first, it seems there is nothing out of the ordinary; and, then, the unexpected.

    Only true Nature Lovers who seek to know it better can slow down and openly observé…

  2. That’s a great little hike for nature, good area to see the cock-of-the-rock birds too. If I remember (long time since I last went) there are some nice waterfalls if you follow the side stream above Mandor for a way. V nice photos too!

    1. Apparently everyone else was able to spot one of the Gallitas except me! I had two different people tell me there was one just ahead, but I never did see one, though I have seen probably the same one in the past in the same general location. Maybe next time…

      Yes, the waterfalls at Mandor are a beautiful. I haven’t been up there in a couple of months, but I always try to stop by and see Nelly, the woman who owns it. She’s a really nice lady who runs the property that’s been in her family for several generations. They’ve done quite a bit of work on the property during the pandemic. I wish more people would go there. (I plan to do a post about it on my net trip to Aguas Calientes this month.)

      1. There’s certainly plenty around Aguas Calientes you can explore in addition to MAPI. Another interesting site that wasn’t too far away that was Choquesuysuy on the far side of the small hidroelectrica a few km upstream from AC. No idea what access is like and if you can just hike across the dam these days; the site at the bottom of the same stream that comes down from Wiñay Wayna. Look forward to the next post!

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