Life is Good in Cusco, Peru

11 09 2009

I have one more week in Cusco! I´ve had the time of my life, and I´m ready to move on to more cities in South America. This week has been great– I visited my volunteer project and went hiking in this really cool area. And my parents are coming on Sunday!

Back with the Kids

Since I didn´t have class this week, I went back to my volunteer project a couple days this week and visited the kids. They´re just so adorable! Lots has happened since I left. A playroom was built,  and things are much more organized. It´s great to see that they are making so much progress. These kids have TONS of toys now, thanks to volunteers who donated. I´ll probably go back one more time before I leave. Here are some recent pics of the kids.

Yusbet and Yessica

Yusbet and Yessica

The New Playroom

The New Playroom

Alejandra

Alejandra

Yeferson

Yeferson

One of the Little Ones

One of the Little Ones

 * Many more pics on my photobucket site

Hiking!

I went hiking yesterday in this area right outside of Cusco. My Cusqueñan friend took me and another friend to this Incan site. There´s no way I would have ever discovered this place if a local hadn´t taken me. It was really beautiful– small waterfalls and green scenery. It reminded me of California.

Scenery

Scenery

Lana and Me

Lana and Me

The Ruins

The Ruins

 Future Plans

As I  mentioned, my parents are coming to Cusco on Sunday. I´m so excited to see them! I think I´m going to see a shaman with my mom, which should be interesting. We´re also going to Machu Picchu next week. I hope it doesn´t rain because there is rain in the forecast. Then, while my parents see the rest of Peru, I´ll head to Lima for a few days.

After Lima, we´re going to Paraguay to visit my foreign exchange sister from high school and her family. Yay! After that, my parents and I are headed to Iguazu Falls, which is supposed to be breathtaking.

My parents will then leave, and I will go to Argentina. Luckily, I now have a couple of connections for English-teaching jobs in Buenos Aires. Everything is so exciting right now, and I´m very happy 🙂