Study Week 5: February 10-16

Saturday the group flew from Lima to Cusco, 11,200 feet high in the Andes. Oliver and Luke had a preview of the small town outside Cusco where they anticipate spending six weeks in voluntary service. Reena, Michaela, Jess, and Annelise brought loaves of fresh bread to their overnight host family in Lucre. Crystal and Hannah spent the night with a mom and two children. After attending Sunday worship service, the group enjoyed outdoor lunch at the trout farm owned by the Mennonite pastor’s family. Our tour of the Sacred Valley of the Andes included a weaving demonstration in Chincheros. An early morning train from Ollantaytambo brought us to Aguas Calientes, at the foot of Machu Picchu. Mist and clouds cleared to allow this group portrait overlooking the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu.  Passing through a doorway in the king’s residence, students admired the fine points of Inca architecture. At Maras students learned about local salt mines and sampled yellow and red corn chicha. Back in Lima, the group visited the home and studio of  Victor Delfin, who created this dove for the visit of a pope. The artist’s daughter Alejandra shared her perspective on the life and legacy of her father. The group then chatted with Sr. Delfin in his studio.