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... extend their holiday for a week, so I won't be able to go back to the school in the mountains except for tomorrow for a volunteer, clean-up day. My priority tomorrow will be to hang the children's paper mache fish that we have finally finished! I'm so glad I was able to do a semi-long term project with them that they really enjoyed! Tomorrow, I will have to say goodbye to those kiddos for good, and my last week will be spent in an all girls' orphanage.
... to other, smaller squares. We were able to check into our hostel right away, then set out to explore. We visited the cathedral, which is huge and has two other churches adjoined to it on either wing. It is filled with art from the Cusco school, a blend of Inca styles with religious themes (our favorite example: a painting of the Last Supper with Jesus and the disciples dining on roast vizcacha). We also admired the still-extant Inca walls lining the streets ...
... we wound up with an entirely French-Canadian group.
We eventually made it to the bottom of the canyon, where there was a small bridge to cross the river to the other side and a small local woman in traditional garb who had carried cold drinks all the way to this point in order to sell them to tourists - they are a dedicated and hardworking people! We eventually made it to our lunch spot, a farmhouse a little way up the other side of the canyon, where we indulged in the standard ...
... and Marcelina (Polish-born American). The first and last day of the trail were supposed to be the easiest and so it proved. 5 hours walking on a relatively mild terrain, passing some smaller Inca runs and learning about the vegetation from Americo. We were also pleasantly surprised with our lunch of soup, fresh avocado, boiled veggies and rice. We got to camp at around 4.30pm (the porters had got there ages ...
... riding where we found ourselves with a young boy passing as a guide who appeared now and again on foot or came to tire out a couple of our horses that were getting a bit antsy. The horses seemed to know what they were doing and where they were going so we were pretty much left to enjoy the ride and views through the valley.
On another day that we were feeling productive we headed out to another town to see a church we'd heard about which has been named ...
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