Living as a gringa in Cusco, there are a few things that you hear every day walking down the street. “Miss, Miss, massage, Miss Miss, Machu Picchu, Miss, Miss, massage after Machu Picchu?” But when you get caught up in a normal working life in Cusco, it is easy to forget that one of the seven wonders of the world is just a combi, train and bus ride away. Until you go there, and then you’re there – just like that – BOOM – in Machu Picchu.
Last week we met the 4th grade girls of Pacca School and their three teachers in Aguas Calientes, the base town of Machu Picchu. Our entrance tickets were forgotten back in Izcuchaka, but have no fear, where there is a will there is a way, and Profe Rosa got the tickets scanned over just in time.
A few of the girls had been to Machu Picchu before, but for most this was a first time experience. As the bus made the windy trip up the mountain, excitement was building at every turn. Finally we arrived. Machu Picchu, the chicas dinámicas have arrived!
To get the most out of the experience we hired a guide to give us a two-hour tour of the ruins. The girls listened with eager ears as the guide told us all about Machu Picchu’s history, explaining all of the religious, ceremonial, astronomical and agricultural structures.
The Sanctuary of Machu Picchu is fascinating to read about, but in person it is a truly magical and unforgettable experience. Ironically, Kaitlin and I are both avid photographers, but we were so caught up in the excitement of exploring that when we got home we were surprised how few pictures we had taken. While there might not be many, we do have some great shots of the chicas dinámicas from the day that we would like to share. Enjoy the video below!
Thank you so much to our donors and supporters for making this day possible for the Pacca girls! They will always remember the day with such joy and appreciation for your kindness and generosity.