Michael's back from Peru! He spent a week traveling around the country and four weeks volunteering on a construction project in Cusco with an organization called Maximo Nivel. Here's what he has to say about the country and his trip:
I had the wonderful opportunity to spend over a month in Peru, traveling around the country and volunteering with a construction crew. After a few too many pisco sours in the world’s highest Irish pub, walking through the misty ruins of Machu Picchu, seeing a condor, getting my hands dirty, and meeting lifelong friends from around the world, my voluntourist adventure has come to an end just in time for a proper New England winter. I lived with two great host parents and a dozen other volunteers in the bustling city of Cusco.
For those whose geography is a bit rusty, Peru is located in western South America. Incredibly diverse in ecology, the country has everything from tropical rainforests to snowcapped mountains and arid coastal deserts. Lima, Peru's capital, has over eight million inhabitants! Cusco, located in the southeastern part of the country and with only around 450,000 inhabitants, is most recognized for its status as the former capital of the Incan Empire.
In the following posts, I ramble about a range of topics from Peru’s rich architectural heritage and the country’s wild landscape, to the joys and sorrows of communal living and the inventive ways in which Cusquenans construct their city almost entirely by hand.