The sights of Peru are breathtaking. In this
While the first half of the expedition is spent visiting our wonderful clients (read part 1), the second half of the trip is spent learning about the amazing culture and history of Peru.
As you are stepping off the plane in Lima, a fine mist fills your lungs as you breathe in the smell of the ocean and the salty fish meal. Walking through the parks off of Malecó Cisneros overlooking the cliffs in and beautiful coastline of Lima.
Lima is quite the enchanting city. The beautiful coast, the colors, the food, and of course the people – once you arrive it all comes alive.
Next, we take you to Northern Lima where you will see many of our clients. Houses are built on mounds and you will quickly come to see how it is that so many 10 million people live in this city.
Huaral is a farming community about 47 miles north of Lima. With amazing coastal views, we were able to visit many of our clients that had experienced flooding about a year previous. It was inspiring to see them start anew with courage and hope.
Visiting Cuzco on the expedition makes one even more aware of the blending of the two cultures. Mentors International Expedition flies to spend a few days in Cusco and surrounding areas with expert tour guides and transportation to learn more about the incredible Signs of a Catholic influence overlapping the old Incan history are everywhere. For example, the Incan Temple of the Sun (Qorikancha) was considered the center of the Incan world. Once covered in gold, it is now a monastery. The gold was taken by the Spanish to be melted now and there are now only artifacts of what the great city was.
(Right: photo of quorikancha; Photo credit: Resonance Science Foundation)
Sachsayhuaman is a temple complex in Northern Cusco constructed during Incan Pachacuti’s reign. The incredible technique of fitting 100-ton rocks tightly together leaves people in awe to this day. (Above: Photo credit: Darkmagic)
Q’enqo (Photo Credit: Haakon S. Krohn) A place where many believe sacrifices rituals and mummification occurred, this is one of the largest
Puca-Pucara- ruins of a military fortress believed to be used as a post where guards would protect those entering Cusco. (Photo credit: somosperu.org.pe)
Sal de Maras or the Maras Salt Mines is a salt mine that uses the technique of evaporation from the mountain spring water channeled to create various types of salt. It has been used since pre-Incan times and is currently owned by members of the community and assigned to a family depending upon the family’s size.
Moray- on the way through the sacred valley, we take a stop at Moray. It is a circular archeological site consisting of several terraced depressions and an irrigation system. While the use of the terraces is uncertain, the beauty is appreciated by many.
Aguas Calientes- Included in the expedition is a beautiful train ride through the sacred valley and along the Urubamba river to arrive at the destination of Aguas Calientes. The city is the gathering center for those preparing to go to Machu Pichu and has a picturesque backdrop of the mountains.
Machu Pichu- Arriving at Machu Picchu takes your breath away. The effort to arrive pales in comparison to the beauty and grandeur of this majestic archeological site. A beautiful end to an incredible trip, Machu Pichu is truly a sight to behold.