Cusco, Peru. We made it.
Ryan and I made it after a marathon of flights and we are now settled into our hotel in Cusco. We knew we had made the right decision when on the flight from Miami to Lima, we awoke to sunlight peeking through the window of the plane. I slid the window up and all we could see were the highest, snowcapped peaks of the Andes Mountains.
After a quick siesta, we woke to one of the strongest downpours I have ever whitnessed. It was a good ol’ mountain screamer with lightning, claps of thunder, and buckets of water. We tried to wait it out, but it got to be late and we were starving so we ventured out. We got to street level to find inches of water flowing down the steep streets. It was honestly incredible.
This morning we woke bright and early, too early, and made our way out into the town of Cusco, which we had not explored yet because of the downpour. We ended up exploring churches, side alleyways, and hidden lookout points. We bargained with children and old women for everything from pictures with alpacas to finger puppets. The town was alive today and we had a great time walking, sitting, relaxing, and experiencing. We even stumbled upon a festival with 30 teenage boys carrying a religious statue with a full brass band in tow.
Today has been incredible and we are looking forward to moving into the hostel tomorrow and begin working for Aldea Yanapay – a children’s school here in Cusco. Check it out here: http://www.aldeayanapay.org/
More Pictures! http://flic.kr/s/aHsjycZG3P
-Jack & Ryan
Current Location: Cusco, Peru