Orientation – Cusco
We’ll begin our journey in the modern city of Cusco, once the capital of the mighty Incan empire. Our group will acclimatize to the sights, smells, sounds, and altitude of the 3,400 m/11,000 ft-high city. We’ll hit the city’s cobblestone streets and learn about the country’s colonial history before hiking to the Temple of the Sun and Moon for a glimpse of the valley’s Incan past.
During the next few days, we’ll spend our mornings in a cozy guesthouse complete with a cup of coca tea. We’ll explore tasty traditional Andean food and jump right in with some hands-on learning about the health benefits of native grains and homemade energy bars. Still got room for dessert? We’ll even take a chocolate-making workshop and hear about the healing powers of cacao!
On our final day, we’ll switch gears as we meet with Derechos Humanos Sin Fronteras (DHSF). DHSF is dedicated to working with communities affected by multinational mining; they’ll give us the dirt on what multi-national mining corporations are doing in the altiplano and how local communities are responding. Exploring the intersection of human rights, mining, and international development – our day will be jam-packed with learning!