Hiking in the Sacred Valley

Kiah Ford

By Kiah Ford

It’s Day 2 here in Cusco or shall I say Cosco. Yep, pronounced just like your favorite wholesale club in the States. According to our tour guide Jesus, that is the city’s original name.

Early this morning we began our day with a tour at 7:30 a.m., led by Jesus and our wonderful bus driver Daniel. We first took an hour drive to Chincheros to see firsthand how the women make authentic Peruvian textiles from sheep and alpaca fur. They shared their cleaning, dying, and weaving techniques followed by a private shopping experience.

Next we drove onward to the Sacred Valley where we hiked and took hundreds of photos. The sights were absolutely breathtaking! We then took a pit stop at a nearby town.

Afterwards we hiked through the salt mines where we learned about the complex harvesting process. We now have a new found appreciation for table salt! We finished our hike with a lunch buffet at the Tunupa Restaurant, where many of us tried pisco sour, a very popular drink native to Peru, and the fresh ceviche!

Tomorrow we have our first campaign where we’ll be traveling to a village a few hours away to perform breast and pelvic exams on the local women. Can you say excited!!! We’re pumped!

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