Our goal is to teach English to children from a community called Colca, in the surroundings of the Apurimac Canyon. We will also share agricultural activities and animal husbandry such as guinea pig.

We leave Cusco in the afternoon, around 3 in the afternoon. At the exit it takes us almost an hour for the traffic generated by maintenance work carried out by the local government.

We continue our journey, we cross an esplanade for about 20 minutes, then we begin to climb towards the mountain on a narrow paved road. On the horizon you can see the Vilcabamba mountain chain, with snowy peaks. The Salkantay mountain, the highest in the region is not visible, is covered by a white cloud highlighted by the sun’s rays rising from the west.

During the journey, with Phillip and David we started a conversation about the Andean worldview, concepts such as Ayni, Ayllu and respect for local culture towards nature are our theme.

Apurimac Canyon

A couple of hours after leaving Cusco, we arrive at a Chinchaypujio where we have the opportunity to see a landscape dominated by the mountains and part of the canyon formed by the Apurimac River.

Later, together with the last rays of sun, we headed towards the bridge along the road that goes down the slope in 24 curves.

Apurimac Canyon

On the bridge we stop to thank nature, the Apurimac River which is a deity in the Andean pantheon, for allowing us to have this opportunity. Coca serves us as a language to talk with the surrounding deities.

We resume our trip, we arrive at Cotabambas. We took the opportunity to have a hot tea and some of us a dinner.

An hour later, we arrived at Colca. It’s already dark and Lourdes our host welcomes us.

After a hot tea, we go to sleep. With the faith that tomorrow will be a special day. Tired as we are on the long journey, we fall into bed.


Vladimir Vargas Chauca

Quechua School Executive Director

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