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Lockdown has given plenty of us motivation to explore more of what makes us tick, and the kinds of aspirations we feel we should have realised earlier, had it not been for the pandemic. Hindsight is always golden, but one thing we can all agree on is that lockdown has given us time to reflect, dream, and ponder about the future once everything opens back up.
Naturally, many of our friends and family members have popped up every now and then declaring they’re taking up a new hobby (and I admit, I am happily and proudly one of these people). For me, that hobby was surfing, while for one of my friends, surprisingly, he took to pottery. For another? It was deep-diving into the world of cryptocurrency and other investments, and for my other friend, it was all about learning to surf. While the hobbies we choose to undertake are as different and unique as the people wanting to do them, one hobby I did take up many years ago—ironically, right before my first South American adventure—was trekking.
I always daydreamed about what it would feel like to lose myself in some wild terrain, watching the moon shine from the other side of the world, taking a step into nature and doing all of this to a scenic, foreign backdrop. I backpacked for 9 months from the Patagonian icefields of Argentina, through to the desert salt flats of Bolivia, through the Amazon rainforest and Machu Picchu in Peru, and up through Brazil, Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands, as well as Mexico and Cuba. It was the trip of a lifetime that I plan on doing again right after the pandemic, and what it really spurred on in me, was a newfound passion to undertake trekking.
For me, I could accomplish so much by trekking. It would:
- Increase my physically fitness
- Improve my mental health and clarity unbelievably
- Force me to slow down, and to take it all in
- Have another reason to visit a new part of the world, in addition to its culture, cuisine, and nightlife
- Allow me to feel some comradery on the road less travelled, meeting other people just like me who would quickly turn from strangers into lifelong friends
Now, it has been a couple of years since I last went on a trek, but once this pandemic is over, I implore all of you to join me on one of Valencia Travel Cusco’s awesome adventures and give it a proper go. Of particular prominence and for that ultimate introduction to trekking, you cannot go past the Ausangate trek, which includes Rainbow Mountain and Machu Picchu. Half the excitement of preparing for a challenging trek like this is buying the chic, colourful gear and igniting that inner Indiana Jones and Lara Croft, and the other half is the immensely rewarding and life-changing experiences you’ll have when you choose trekking as one of your new modes of travel.
If you want to hit the ground running and experience the many benefits that trekking has to offer, then you simply cannot go past the Ausangate tour. Make the most of the current pandemic and use this time to eat better, exercise more, and prepare for the kind of trek that will change your life, while getting you up close and personal with some of the most beautiful scenery on the planet, all the while building budding new friendships that are sure to last a lifetime.