Don’t hate me because I’m lazy

Cusco Peru in the rain

Day 308: Cusco, Peru

I started working at the hostel bar as a way to research the best trail for me to head to Machu Picchu. There are so many options and I need to balance hiking with my own innate laziness.

You know what I discovered:

It rains. A lot. Every day.

I’m not sure why I’m surprised, I know this is rainy season, people warned me to get to Cusco sooner.

I didn’t understand that every day would be cold, wet and miserable. That I would wake up to grey skies and fall asleep to rainfall.

So I made the big decision.

I’m not hiking to Machu Picchu.

If I could somehow summond the resilience of great adventure travelers like Dave and Deb of The Planet D I would see it as a challenge and push my way through it.

But I know myself. After one day of walking in the rain I would be cold, wet and miserable. More importantly I would be miserable to be with.

There are times it’s important to push your limits, to test your inner strength. This is not one of them for me.

I’m taking the train. It’s still an adventure, afterall Anthony Bourdain did it.  So don’t hate me because I’m not doing the route everyone thinks you should do.

I’m doing what’s right for me.


  1. says

    I really commend you for being able to say you simply don’t want to. What the hell is the point of doing something “amazing” if you hate it? I personally HATE Colonia, Uruguay but everyone seems to think it’s this adorable, charming town that is so much fun to go to for a weekend. I hate it and I don’t care who knows it!
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  2. says

    The first rule of travel should be “know thyself” and it sounds like you do.
    I applaud you for it. You don’t have to do something just because that’s what “most people” do. Who are those people anyway? Plenty of people take the train, no shame in that.
    At least you get to GO to Matchu Pitchu and I’m jealous. I’ve always wanted to go, but haven’t been yet, so I look forward to reading about your experience.
    Oh, and when I do get to go, I’ll be taking the train too, because I know MYself!
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    • Ayngelina says

      The more I outed this decision in the hostel the more people confessed they also just wanted to take the train because the weather was so miserable. Turns out a whole lotta people are lazy too.

    • says

      Well said, David. I mean, when (WHEN, not IF) I make it over there I’d love to hike it too, but… I also acknowledge that for me, when it comes to travel, the adventure is about meeting people.
      High and mighty travel types who get all up in the “don’t hang with hostel peeps, go meet locals, screw the backpacker trap” really irritate me. Locals are awesome, no doubt, but so are other travellers who are probably people you would NEVER talk to at home.
      End rant.
      but yeah, great work Ayngelina. I’m not sure if I’m prouder that you’re admitting to your laziness or just doing what YOU want to do, not what everyone SAYS you should do… a very easy travel trap.
      ENJOY. SO bloody jealous.
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  3. says

    Nice post!

    I have done travels by myself, but not the adventurous kinds until recently and just because everybody walks doesn’t mean I should (well ok I should walk to be healthy) but I have walking limits, so if I wanted to go see Machu Picchu I’d have no choice but to take the train.

    Taking the “high road” does not make you lazy (the high road being train) now if you only did taxi/train all the time then I could see that being lazy but even I do some walking around.

    Knowing what you want/need making the best of your adventures is the only right thing to do if you don’t like you said you will be miserable (and probably regret it).

  4. Janelle says

    Hey, just wanted to say that I was just there three weeks ago, and made the same decision. I’m so glad I took the train up instead of forcing myself to hike it. It was a gorgeous trip, and really a cool adventure in it’s own right. I broke the trip up in ollantaytambo and I’m really glad I did. Also, I took a later train out again and that gave lots of room for the weather to work itself out while I was up in the ruins, so I didn’t stress out when it started to cloud over and spritz… I knew I had all the time in the world. It was by far one of the most breathtaking things I’ve ever experienced… Can’t wait to hear what you think!

  5. says

    I hiked it back in 2000 and it’s a far from enjoyable walk for little reward on the way. In exchange for a lot of high steps and altitude sickness the scenery doesn’t compare favourably to say Torres del Paine or Roraima.
    That said, I would recommend just taking the short walk from MP up to the sun gate for the view down over the site.
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    • Ayngelina says

      I’m definitely going to hike within the site to get an overhead shot.

      I can throw on a poncho for a day – just not 4 days!

  6. says

    Definitely don’t do something just because you feel you should, or because everyone else does it! Like you said, if it’s right for you, then don’t do it, it is YOUR trip afterall!

    I would be exactly the same though, I hate the rain and know I would spend the whole time being grumpy and not enjoying it! I’m trying to plan my RTW trip at the moment so that I visit everywhere in Summer and can avoid cold weather!!!!
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    • Eugenie says

      Watch out with that: you should als try to avoid raining season.

      In Argentina for example summer in the north means rain, it’s warmer but it can rain a week without stopping

      • Ayngelina says

        Yeah I’ll be here the next few months in rainy season. I don’t normally mind the rain but combine it with cold and I’m miserable.

    • Ayngelina says

      When I first started traveling I really did try to do all the hiking but then realized that on a good day I’m just not that into it. I decided not to do Cuidad Perdida in Colombia because of the rain and I really don’t think my life is that much worse off.

  7. says

    I don’t think it’s lazy at all. I can imagine how wet and cold it would be during the hike. Nothing worse than walking around with wet socks. Ugh.

    • Ayngelina says

      It’s not so much the rain. I actually like rain but because of the altitude it’s really cold so once you get wet it takes forever to warm up.

  8. says

    When you first told me you were going to hike to MP my eyebrow raised since you had also told me you hated hiking and I believe the inca trail (or any other trail) are some of the most challenging ones.

    I’m glad you’ve made a decision for you. It’s your trip and you can do whatever you want.

    The people who judge you for that are the same ones that sit around the hostel comparing how little they paid for a bottle of water (20¢ vs. 25¢), scoffing at anyone who carries more than a 17l backpack and walking barefoot everywhere. okay now i’m ranting.

    back to positive thoughts.

    Good for you Revengalina, although i think i should re-name you Avengalina instead.

  9. says

    Good for you. We’ve all been there – forcing ourselves to get up at the crack of dawn in miserable weather to do something just because we’ve always had it on our mental itinerary. But what the hell, laziness sometimes pays off and at least you’re still getting to see it!
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  10. David Lynch says

    What a shame it’s rainy season. As much as I enjoyed my visit to Machu Pichhu, I preferred the three day hike to get there. For me it’s about the journey not the destination so hopefully you’ll get an opportunity to return and do the hike when it’s not rainy season. Best of luck with your travels, Peru is a magic place.

    • Ayngelina says

      In my head I had always planned to do the hike despite my innate laziness because so many people love it. But after a week of really cold weather and rain I just don’t think it’s right for me.

  11. says

    “I’m doing what’s right for me.”

    It says it all and it goes hand in hand with your personal bio on your sidebar. No hate coming from this direction :)

    Keep doing what will make you happy, I know you will.

    • Ayngelina says

      Yeah I’d just rather come back and say it was fantastic, instead of saying I was cold, tired and wet the whole time.

  12. says

    You go girl and thanks for the shout out. Don’t worry about not hiking to Machu Picchu. You are absolutely right, you have to do what is right for you. Travel is not about being miserable, it is about enjoying yourself and seeing the world the way that you want to. Do what makes you happy. You are going to love it! I hope that the sun opens up for you while you are up there. Enjoy!
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  13. Michael says

    Put your boots on Brogan. I would argue that the Inca trail was easily one of the most amazing things I’ve ever done, rain or shine. It averages rain one day out of two, but you might be lucky. How many times in your life when you are fit and young will you have this opportunity? Now put those cards away, man up, and get up that hill x p.s where is the article on Guinie pigs?

  14. says

    I think that’s a good call, Ayngelina. The misery could outweigh any pleasure you’d ever get from saying you’d done it. Plus, you might get sick in the rain, and then that could really take you down for a while and prevent you from doing other things you’d really like to do. You’re right – do what’s best for you.

  15. Eugenie says

    I can’t say that a hike in the rain sounds very atractive, so I think you made a wise chose. And I guess you’ll see some awsome views sitting in the train, being able to enjoy the scenery (that is, if there’s not to many fog)

    The most importing thing is to enjoy yourself!

  16. says

    Yup, have to do what’s right for you. I used to be all about the challenges (part of why I joined the military), but now it’s all about the pleasure. Sometimes a challenge is a pleasure, other times it’s a pain.

    Do you still want to go, just not hike? If so, go for the train others have mentioned. I want to hear your report about that, because I’m thinking I’d like to take that option when I get there. 😉
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  17. says

    Good for you. Ultimately, unless you are completing the original Inca trail (which has to be booked way in advance) – then you end up in Aguas Caliente the night before Machu Picchu anyway – the same as you will if you take the train! Except you’ve done a 3-4 day backpack before you have to walk around the famed site! I personally love mountains, scenery and backpacking – but that was my motivation…you don’t get anymore out of Machu Picchu just because you hike days beforehand! Enjoy yourself!
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  18. says

    I don’t think this is laziness, Ayngelina, I think it’s practical. You know you’d be miserable hiking in the rain, so why do it? And if you did do it, what if you caught cold or pneumonia from being cold and wet every day? Personally, I’d have made the same decision you did. As you say, the train will still be an adventure.
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  19. says

    oooohhhhh your still going though!! I thought you weren’t going at all! haha Oh ya I’m definitely taking the train whenever I get there! screw the hiking! haha Have you heard of all the stories of people that fall off of cliffs when they hike there?!? Train all the way for me! :)
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  20. says

    Anthony Bourdain is endlessly entertaining – but I’ve yet to see proof he takes amazing photos like these – so you’re already onto something – with or without Machu Picchu. :)

  21. says

    You do what’s right for you. I once started on an epic walk, that turned into a bit of a nightmare – so decided to take the train – and had a blast. And you know what, the only person who judged me for doing that was, you’ve guessed it, me!! Hope you have fun!

  22. says

    Don’t feel bad! We opted not to do the Inca Trail on our RTW trip because it was too expensive. However, we went on an amazing self-guided hike in the Colca Canyon, in the town of Cabanaconde, Peru. It’s a bus ride from Arequipa and the only expense is the tourist fee to enter town (which we avoided). It’s not crowded at all. It was dry and warm when we went in June ’09. Worth checking out!

  23. says

    Good choice. The train ride is scenic and it’s great to not be all smelly and dirty while you explore MP. When I was there, it was July, so I also enjoyed not freezing my butt off in some tent on a mountain in Peruvian winter. Definitely had plenty of opportunities to challenge myself in that part of the world, hiking to MP is not the only way!

    • Ayngelina says

      The idea of freezing in a tent petrifies me, the only thing that would be worse is if it rained and based on the last week here I know it would.

  24. says

    I really want to go to Machu Picchu but I have no desire to do the hike. Just b/c something was an amazing experience to one person doesn’t mean it has to be or even will be for another. I totally agree that you should do what’s right for you & what makes you comfortable. I’ll be on that train too someday.
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  25. says

    You should ALWAYS do what’s right for you while traveling. Just because hiking might be the “expected” route for backpackers doesn’t mean you have to do it, too.

    I’m with you – I’d totally take the train, too! I’m not really a big fan of hiking (especially multi-day hikes), and I know I wouldn’t enjoy it.

    The train journey will be just as much of an adventure, I’m sure.
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  26. says

    Well, you’re going to Machu Picchu sooo that’s pretty amazing! Don’t let anyone else tell you how to get there!

    I like to make the rain a good excuse not to do things too so there’s no point in making yourself miserable! :)

    Have fun!!!
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  27. says

    what’s right for YOU! such important words to remember and that i often forget at times when traveling, and feeling the pressure to “do it right”. there is no right way. only your way. kudos. i’m miserable when i’m cold and wet too :)

  28. says

    Um, I’m pretty sure if you were lazy you wouldn’t be in Peru to begin with.

    I get tired of the thinking that there is one “right” way to travel. As someone who travels with children, I’ve pretty much learned that thinking there’s only one way to do it goes out the window when little people are involved unless you want to stay home until they adults. Good for you.

    • Ayngelina says

      I’m really inspired by people who travel with children. I always thought travel ended with kids other than the occasional trip to Disneyland but since starting this blog I’ve met so many amazing traveling families.

    • Ayngelina says

      Unfortunately it would mean staying a few more months and as great as it is to live for free I do need to move on – at some point.

  29. says

    Nothing wrong with no wanting to walk in the rain for days. I did that in Sweden past summer for a whole week. The thing that made it fine was the huts and the sauna that I could use at the end of the day. Not sure if I would have enjoyed it so much without them. The whole reason you do these things is to have a good time, nothing wrong with taking the train :)
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  30. says

    I’m totally reading your posts in wrong order but I agree. There is no way I’d be able to hike to MP either. I’d love to but I’d rather enjoy myself haha. Oh and I really like your pic on this post. I actually stayed at that hotel with the blue balcony.

    • Ayngelina says

      I wondered what that hotel was like, I was so jealous of the people staying there at the end of the day when I was cold, wet and just wanted a hot shower.

  31. says

    Ha I won’t hold it against you. I’m still on the fence with the whole hiking thing. Just completed the ‘W’ Trek in Chile, which was unforgettable. But we cancelled our hike planned for our only day El Chalten this morning because it’s bucketing down and don’t tell my mate, but I’m secretly stoked I’m sitting here next to the heater instead…
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  32. Martin says

    Its not being lazy its about being you and what you want to do, not what the rest of the world believes is best for you – stick to your guns!:-)


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