We arrived into sunny Cuzco by plane which is at about 3000 metres, some of the team felt the effects of the altitude but soon became aclimmatised and started to enjoy the beautiful scenery and gorgeous weather. We were then taken to our hostel in San Sebastian district before braving the local taxis into central Cusco where we had our first Peruvian meal in a small restaurant which gave us a taste of the local food and what is to come. That evening the leaders organised the arrangements for the community project at Azul Wasi with Alcides the project manager.
The following morning we took the team into Quencheq market where we had a traditional healthy Peruvian breakfast of fresh fruit juices and light sponge cake. After breakfast our guide Rafael showed us round the market and explained the local produce on offer. Later on that day Rafael took us to the scout centre of Cuzco where we saw all the facilities of the centre including a dance studio where they practise traditional dances with authentic costumes.
Rafael’s wife had kindly provided lunch for the day which was chicken cooked Peruvian style served with potatoes, salad and Inca Cola which tastes like Iron Bru. After lunch we travelled to Azul Wasi by coach which was half a hour away from Cuzco in a town called Oropesa. We met with all the children of the orphanage who were all dressed in their yellow football kit, they were ecstatic at our arrival and welcomed us into their home. We then proceeded to set up our tents along the bottom of their smallfootball pitch. We finished the day with hot chocolate and sweet bread.
We woke up to a cold and fresh morning when Dave and Bram went to get supplies for the week from Cuzco while the rest of the team explored Oropesa. On our return we unloaded all the materials for the community project which we had purchased with fund raised money from the UK.
Today (sat) we got up early to walk into Oropesa to get a local bus to a place called Pikillacta which is a massive archaeological site which is the remains of a pre-Inca city built at the peak of the Wari culture. The site has many ruined houses and the remains of straight streets, there were a few houses that were in good condition which gave us a real flavour of the living conditions of the time.
After that unique experience we then walked across the valley to Lucre where we had lunch and caught a coach to Tipon our next site of interest. Tipon is a place of agricultural research and worship where water channels are used to irrigate the crops in the past for the Inca people. We had an interesting coach journey back to Azul Wasi along small dirt roads with sheer drops either side.
After this amazing day we are looking forward to tomorrow when we will be white water rafting !!!
Bram & Phil