Our ten Camps International students and Mr Hayden have returned from their fantastic trip to Peru. During their time in the country, they joined students from other schools to take part in projects to benefit local communities including renovating the local primary school near Lake Titicaca and assisting with projects, teaching lessons and playing football with the children at Camp Maras.
After seeing the Inca site at Moray, they then travelled to Cusco to start their trek (at 3am in the morning!) along the Salkantay route to Machu Picchu.
Mr Hayden said: “After a few bumps and ‘plan Bs’ we all managed to get up the 2000 steps to Machu Picchu after a 4 day hike along the Salkantay Pass. On day 1 we reached our highest point of 4630m where the temperatures were below freezing. On day 2 we walked down through a valley for 17 miles. On day 3 we walked up a mountain for 9 miles through a rainforest where temperatures hit the high 20s. At the top, we visited an Inca site where you could see Machu Picchu. On day 4 we walked 3 miles down the mountain in monsoon-like conditions and another 7 miles alongside the railway line to the campsite at the bottom of Machu Picchu.”
The final week saw the group work on various projects at two more schools: building a wall, a guinea pig hutch and a vegetable patch. A walk to the Colca Canyon was rewarded with the sight of a Condor.
Swimming in hot springs and spending time in Arequipa before flying to Lima to spend the morning shopping and looking out at the Pacific Ocean was the finale of the trip.
The group had a wonderful time and enjoyed the whole trip. Thank you to all who supported the group and the individuals who raised money to attend the trip.