What up SSV Peru crew?! It’s hard to believe how much time has passed since you all took off from Ollantaytambo (try saying that 4 and a half times fast)! It still feels like yesterday that you all rolled into the Cusco airport – even though most of you were on the cancelled flight from Lima, we still managed to get everyone here on day 1
For such a short time period, we sure crammed in a lot of amazing experiences. From serving alongside our local friends to build a new weaving center for the Huilloc community in partnership with Awamaki, to trekking through what felt like all four seasons from Lares to Patacancha, to the pinnacle of the trip – Machu Picchu – we sure did a lot together. And though we have returned to our homes all over the U.S., we made friendships that we will remember forever – even a few unbreakable bromances. In fact, we meshed together more seamlessly than we’d have ever thought possible in such a short time! Even the local dogs seemed to know how awesome we are
You made an everlasting imprint on the community during your time here! The weaving center you helped construct made a TON of progress. This means that the women from the local community will soon have a place in Huilloc to store their materials and work on all their beautiful handmade textiles with more efficiency and organization! Reach out to Awamaki if you would like to see recent pictures! Many tourists will soon be able to come check out the weaving center, learn how the handmade goods are made, and enjoy hanging out in the community! The women, Awamaki, and their families will always be grateful for your help!
It seems impossible to narrow so many great times together, but to name a few of the best:
-Munching on brownies from Papa’s Bakery.
-Singing Happy Birthday and eating cake for breakfast during the Lares trek.
-Enjoying the 15 minutes of blissful stargazing when the clouds cleared at our 14,000 foot campsite.
-Appreciating the company of countless Peruvian pups and even a few kitties.
-River rafting down the Urubamba River.
-Sharing all our thoughts, hopes, and dreams in our mentor groups.
Thanks for all of the memories!
Grady and the whole SSV Peru Team