Carmen writes:

The Cusco group had to get up early today to catch a train up to Machu Picchu. The ride up was beautiful–we wound through majestic and rugged mountains that truly shouted out God’s creativity and power.

Once we arrived at the base of the mountain, we hopped on a bus to wind up a muddy dirt road with plenty of switchbacks. A twenty minute ride took us to the entrance of Machu Picchu. Here we split into two groups and went on an hour long tour of the ruins. Everyone was amazed by this architectural wonder! It’s hard to describe and many felt pictures won’t truly do it justice–it’s something that needs to be experienced. It was quite the hike around the ruins and everyone worked up quite an appetite. We headed back down the mountain and were entertained by an 8-year-old Peruvian boy who raced our bus down the hill on foot. He was a little torpedo because he beat the bus down the mountain! We ate at a delicious buffet by the river, then enjoyed a couple of hours of shopping in a quaint little market.

On the train ride home we watched a Peruvian dance and alpacha fashion show. Just outside of Cusco they turned out the lights on the bus and everyone was able to get a clear view of a beautiful full moon. Without a doubt, everyone will sleep well tonight!

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