In October 2019, myself and 12 other leaders from around Girlguiding Sussex East county were lucky enough to go on a 10-day expedition to Peru where we trekked the Inca Trail and visited Machu Picchu. For the trip, we each had to raise around £4000. £2000 of this would be going back into Girlguiding to allow girls all around the country to have experiences they wouldn’t necessarily have without guiding.
Before going to Peru, we had only met each other once up at HQ on a training day, so it was very daunting turning up at the airport on the day we left. Once we’d all arrived and met our leader, Kev, we knew we would be okay as we all clicked and realised, we had so much in common as we were all leaders. Once we checked in the adventure began with an 11-hour flight to Colombia, followed by a 4-hour flight to Cusco, the city we would be staying in prior to our trek.
Once we arrived in Cusco, we met our in-city guide, Victor, who took us to the hotel and then gave us a tour of the city, where we visited the old square and got to explore the cobbled streets. Our second day in Cusco was spent on an acclimatisation trek that lasted 7 hours and took us to Inca sites around the city. We also stopped at a factory where they made clothing out of alpaca fur and the owners taught us about the different types of furs used in the process. This allowed us to see and understand some of the trades that the locals have. At each Inca Site we visited, Victor would give us some of the history, allowing us to have a better understanding of the city as well as what the Inca people were like and how they used to live. After our acclimatisation trek, we had some free time to explore the city and get any last-minute things we needed for the Inca Trail, such as snacks and ponchos! We had a team dinner to plan talk about what the next 4/5 days would have in store for us, and what to expect.