29 Jul Settling In and Making Cusco Our Home
Posted at 11:26h in South AmericaWritten by Lucas Bailey, 2014 Peru: Mind & Body. A quick look at the Wikipedia page for Cusco tells you that it has a population of just over 500,000 with an estimated two million visitors each year. For us, walking the streets in Cusco means passing fellow travellers and feeling an almost tangible sense of adventure.
Our team is using Cusco as a hub, setting off from and returning to our hostel (Apu Wasi) as we go to our service projects, trek to Macchu Pichu, and break off for our own independent trips. Because of this, the city that hosts almost every visitor to Peru feels like home.
We were in Cusco for the Peruvian National Holidays, which commemorate when the country declared its independence. This is an important holiday, with the President traditionally giving a speech on the state of the country, its progress, and its challenges. This moment of national reflection has special significance for us, as we put our best effort towards working with Peruvian communities to support their visions of becoming stronger. The fireworks for the holiday started at about in the morning, confusing and startling us, continuing throughout the day. At one point we heard a marching band go by our hostel, causing some sleepy chuckles.