So we have just got back from our 'Indiana John' trek through the jungle and it was an amazing day! There was me, Elizabeth and a Peruvian student called Alejandra on the trek, along with our guide, Juan. The trek started with an easy walk along the river, as we are lower than Huancayo altitude is not a problem, but the tropical heat was, meaning that walking even on a flat level in the midday sun I began to sweat, profusely. Obviously the Ozzie and 2 Peruvians found it hilarious that I'm not used to this heat as it does not exist on the UK. Alejandra very kindly loaned me her hat to keep me shaded. We then ascended through a tangerine plantation and helped ourselves to a few from the tree, which tasted amazing. We then reached the river and began to follow it upstream. This was where the fun really began. We weaved our way along the water, with my boots being completely submerged the majority of the time. We then reached some waterfalls where we posed for photos before climbing. A while later we reached a bigger waterfall where we had to use a rope to pull ourselves up! After 3km of this we reached our destination, Borgoña, a large, beautiful isolated waterfall. We spent some time relaxing there before retracing our footsteps to the beginning where we stopped off at the restaurant for some (ridiculously expensive) fish!
One thing I have realised about La Merced is that they don't have hot water, making shower times pretty intense.
Right now we are considering whether to go to the club tonight, or to a local bar. The club sounds pretty amazing it's open air and right on the riverbank, however we have to be up early to visit some waterfalls so who knows what will happen!?!