So I had been a little bit cynical about heading to a town that was solely a tourist spot for its mines. It seemed a bit strange to go on a tour to see people working in conditions that would never pass the health and safety standards of my home country, watching them as if they were memes on Instagram. Despite my reservations however, I soon found myself in bright yellow overalls, a hard hat and a headlight, readying myself for some hot and claustrophobic spaces.
Another day and another feat overcome in the life of an injured backpacker. Having traipsed around a couple of tour agencies in Cusco with my long suffering travel companion, I can confirm that you cannot do the entirety of the Macchu Picchu trek on a donkey. The results are in and you will need to be able to walk at the least along a train track for three hours.