We met up with the group when they were flying from Lima to Cusco, where we all spent time together in the Sacred Valley. One of the days we were there, all of the kids participated in a "treasure hunt" with a group of local people who live in the highlands of Peru (we were at 14,000 feet!). Our first competition was hair braiding, since this is a popular traditional hairstyle in Peru. Our team did not do so well. The second competition was textile weaving. I learned how to how to do it from a local woman, but I wasn't so good at that either. I got to keep the bracelet I made though, which was a really cool souvenir from our trip.
We also had an event where we used slingshots to shoot at balloons and hats that were strung up in some trees. It was hard but really fun. One of the kids, Dewey, was really good at it. He shoots beebee guns at home, so maybe that's why he was so good.
The expedition, as you might have read about in their blogs, also went to one of the "New Seven Wonders of the World": Machu Picchu. Machu Picchu is really a special place. I think it is really amazing that after the Incas left, people forgot about this incredible place when it was abandoned. When it was discovered in 1916, it was overgrown by the surrounding jungle.
Machu Picchu is not what the city was really called when the Incas lived there. No one knows what the name really was. Machu Picchu got its name from the mountain next to it. It is made out of white granite, which is believed to make energy. Our guide put a laser light on it and the light got brighter and became more steady. That was really cool!
I've loved Peru so far and I hope you can go there sometime too.