Since we arrived in August, nearly every taxi driver or new person we meet asks us if we have been to Machu Picchu. Now, we can finally say, “yes”!
This past week we had the absolute pleasure of taking the 4th grade class from el colegio Virgen de la Natividad, situated in the town of Pacca, to Machu Picchu. It has become tradition that every year GirlSportWorks sponsors this trip, which for our girls as well as the GSW program managers is their first trip to Machu Picchu!
After taking our separate trains to Aguas Calientes we met in the quaint central plaza to walk to our hostel and get settled in. The girls and professors were thrilled and so grateful to each have their own bed. That afternoon we made the short walk to the Aguas Calientes baños termales (or hot springs), where we passed the entire afternoon soaking in the warm mineral baths! Fully relaxed, we then headed to the Aguas Calientes Market, where we enjoyed a filling, delicious meal. The girls spent the rest of the evening walking around town and thoroughly enjoying the change of scenery and climate!
At 6AM everyone was awake and the hostel was buzzing with our excitement for the day. Everyone was thrilled to wake up to perfect weather for our visit. Today, we would all finally see Machu Picchu! We arrive to the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu by 8AM. The girls were able to freely pass through the Sanctuary for several hours taking in the many sights of the famous and sacred place.
We met up with an educational guide at 10AM who illuminated many of the mysteries and known facts of Machu Picchu. The girls had tons of questions for our guide and fully took advantage of his knowledge. The professors were also happy with the guide and emphasized to the girls that Machu Picchu belongs to them. We will certainly never forget our unique guide who called himself “El guía amoroso” or “The loving guide.”
After our tour, we took our final photos and looks of the magnificent Machu Picchu and left full of the energy of this sacred place! The entire trip our girls were full of thanks and gratitude and we promised to pass on their thanks to all of you that support GSW and make possible these special trips! Thank you from the Pacca 4th grade class!