Welcome to Cusco Day 01!!!

Today was arrival day! The first groups arrived early in the morning. It had been a long journey for these weary travelers. They settled into the hotel while Yieber picked up the next arrivals with our logo.

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Midday we all walked into the main square in the center of the historical district. Plaza de Armas. It was a hot clear day because there had been a storm the night previous. A couple of people experienced sickness from the altitude, 3,345 meters – 11,900 feet, and had to return to the hotel while those lucky enough to avoid the weakness and nausea went for lunch at an Irish Pub. I know it does sound like a very cultural start eating Irish food but just ask Dani how different the Shepard’s Pie was. Everything here has Peruvian flare.

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Some of the volunteers went back to their rooms after lunch to try and rest while others explored the city or chatted in the courtyard.

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The group assembled again at 5pm, minus a few still adjusting to the altitude or crashed out from jet lag. We took a short, but steep walk up the cobble stoned street to a lookout over the city where we watched the transition from daylight to night. The view was spectacular!

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We made our way back down to the main square where some Aussie dollars were exchanged for Peruvian soles and we headed off for diner.

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Not long after we started the meal our final volunteer, Tina arrived. Salut! We are complete. The meal was unique and traditional Peruvian and a few brave souls even tried a cocktail famous in this region, Pisco Sours!

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It was a great first day and the group spent time getting to know each other while Yieber explained some of the rules for negotiating and avoiding the many vendors on the streets.

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We arrived back at the hotel at for an early night and I’m hoping that all slept well.
Day 2 and Misiminay, here we come!

Alison 🙂

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