After a late Friday night dinner party with Yancana Huasy colleagues, we rose bright and early on Saturday for our 6:30 am ride to the airport for flights from Lima to Cuzco. We arrived to bright sunshine and blue skies, with temperatures in the 70’s F. by day but dropping to the 30’s F. by night. With no real heating in the buildings, it gets cold! Dressing in plenty of layers is essential, the wool and alpaca blankets are comfy and hot tea tastes really good!
There were some delays in arriving at our hostel on the grounds of the Clinica San Juan de Dios, but by 1 PM we were pretty much in our rooms and able to get settled. Cuzco is ~11,000 feet above sea level, and the 55 minute flight from Lima at sea level makes for a fast altitude change. Most folks on our team began taking medicine to help with the change on Friday, but on the first day it is common to feel more tired than normal and out of breath climbing stairs and hills. Saturday afternoon was spent napping and exploring Cuzco. Today most of the group has left on a two day excursion to visit Macchu Picchu, one of the seven modern wonders of the world. They will spend the night in Aguas Caliente and all day tomorrow at Macchu Picchu, returning around 10 pm tomorrow night.
Those of us staying behind are resting, catching up on blog posts (!), enjoying the sunny blue skies, meeting with our partners from Equip KIDS and preparing for a postural care workshop that will take place tomorrow. Our demonstration clinics will start on Tuesday. Stay tuned!