Somebody asked me if I wasn’t bored of going to Peru when I told them I had been asked to lead a trip for an adult group from Saskatchewan since this was my third time leading a tour in that amazing country. My answer to that question clearly was: I WILL NEVER GET TIRED OF PERU!
This trip was extra special as it reinforced in me the importance of not making assumptions. I had always travelled with student groups, therefore, I was a bit concerned about this group since they were older, so I went on the trip assuming they were going to struggle to pull through the activities, hikes, and the altitude; how wrong I was! They were the easiest group I’ve ever worked with – I’ve never met more open-minded, flexible, and engaged people. They were troopers and had the time of their lives!
We learned about Inca culture, their accomplishments, and their wisdom. In addition to Machu Picchu, which is always the highlight of the trip for what it represents, we went to Moray, an archaeological site that the Incas built to be an agricultural laboratory in order to improve the quality of their seeds and to forecast the weather by observing the behaviour of the plants. There, through the development of new seeds and crops, the Incas managed to eradicate poverty and hunger in the entire region. I found that mind-blowing!
500 years ago, the Inca ruler, his queen, and his family worked the land with their own hands to show everyone the best ways to do it. People would go to work wearing their best garments and accessories made of gold and silver, musicians would play traditional instruments, and women and men worked together in harmony to plow the soil of the terraces and plant the seeds while dancing and drinking corn beer.
Inca Yupanqui gave the best lands to the poor people and was able to solve the economic issues of the population. With their help, he built Cusco, Pisac, Ollantaytambo, and Machu Picchu on top of the mountains. He was given a new name, Pachacuti (pacha = land) (cuti = to give back). He was known as the lover of the poor people.
We also flew over the mysterious Nasca lines, which are drawn in geometric patterns and show different animal shapes including the monkey, the hummingbird, the condor, the spider, and the dog, just to name a few. Nobody knows exactly how the lines were formed; some people even say they might have been drawn with the help of aliens.m
We went to the mountain, the valley, the beach, the desert, and the city; we hiked, we climbed, we sandboarded, we ate, we danced, and we learned, but most importantly, we connected as human beings, as equals, and I realized that you are never too old to travel and experience the world.
Age is just a number!
Written by David Mendoza for Evolve Tours