Quishuarani School of Lares
Cultural Travel by Alpaca Expeditions
"Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world."
- To establish the importance of the history that preceded us.
- To enhance the values and cultural identity of the new generations.
- To facilitate mechanisms that guarantee equal opportunities and non-discrimination of economic and/or social grounds for children from remote communities.
- To maintain our vision of supporting the local communities by reinvesting in them.
This exercise was to promote the inclusion and rights of children and young people in situations of social vulnerability of remote populations, through the development of cultural interventions to the areas of the Sacred Valley of the Inca.
Training in basics of project management to implement a model of cultural intervention of the local areas that is sustainable over time.
On October 4, 2019, our social project ended up being on Student´s Day as we took an educational trip to the school of Quishuarani that included the parents and teachers. We chose our expert guide that works with children and going to the town of Lares to pick up the children. Even though the children where young, they all had high expectations of understanding our history.
Our first stop was in Qenqo and the archaeological center of Saqsayhuaman. Most of the children had never been to this center before. When we arrived, all of the children ran off the bus, excited to be there. As we started this exciting trip, all of the children held onto a rope that kept them in an orderly line. We all enjoyed the tour of Sacsayhuaman and after we stopped for some ice cream. The next stop was the Inca Museum to see the collection of Keros (ceremonial glasses from carved wood), fabrics, mummies, idols in gold and solid silver, and weapons, tools, and Inca ceramics. The architecture there shows the magnificence of the colony. Such as the exterior balcony whose central column with the shape of a Caryatid. It belongs to the National University that has an extensive collection of archaeological Inca cultural pieces. Here, each child learned in detail the importance of each object. The whole group of children had tremendous amounts of respect and admiration from everything they learned. Then we went to the Qoricancha Museum to learn about the ancestors who lived in these lands. The children were able to learn about the pre-Inca and Inca colonial pieces, that were from the excavations of Qoricancha in 1992-1995 (in Quechua Qoricancha means gold patio). After they all were able to take photos, it was time for lunch. We could tell the group was exhausted and ready, so we all boarded the bus. While we waited for our lunch, we all began to sing. Once lunch was set, and you could see the gratitude the children had for everything, it made us happy. After lunch, we gave them some free time, and they went to the playground. Once everyone was ready to continue our tour, we went to the AEROPUERTO ALEJANDRO VELASCO ASTETE. Undoubtedly, the children got a lot of attention from travelers wanting to take pictures of them. The airport had an expert guide who gave great details of everything there. Everything from facilities operations, to what the pilots do, and even were able to see the plains that they named Giant Condors of Metal. Without a doubt, this was a spectacular experience for them. After taking many pictures, it was time for them to start their journey home. We said our goodbyes as they all boarded the bus for their 4-hour drive to their town from Cusco. We were all grateful and proud to be a part of this experience, and a part of Alpaca Expeditions.
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