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ON OUR WAY TO THE SACRED RUINS OF MACHU PICCHU

The intentional transition from Q’eros to Cusco has been an intense one. Cusco, the ancient capital city of the Inca, is now the central hub of tourism here in Peru. Yesterday we did a series of interviews with Cusqueños (people from Cusco) to get their opinions on the tourism that fuels the city. One gentleman said many people that want to come to Machu Picchu don’t even realize that it is in Peru. Once they realize it’s in Peru they realize they have to fly to Cusco. So they’ll fly in, the next day do Machu Picchu and the following day fly out.
We’ve intentionally placed Machu Picchu at the end of our Peru time to ensure we have a fuller story of Peru, not just the one that millions of tourists experience. In Machu Picchu we will study the effects of tourism, consumerism and imperialism.
In this time the students are in their first official mini x-phase. X-phase or expedition phase is a time when the students have to work together as a team to handle the logistical and educational components of the course. They will be in charge of organizing our Machu Picchu time, a whole day in Urubamba, and are responsible for getting us to our next adventure in La Paz, Bolivia on March 11th.
Raquel, Erick and Zack