Posted on Oct 16, 2019 in Alumni News
Sixteen lucky Jayhawks spent 12 days traveling the beautiful country of Peru!
We wandered the capital of Lima, explored the Amazon, roamed the Sacred Valley, conquered Machu Picchu and checked out Cusco.
We were so lucky to experience all the spectacular wonders of Peru with such a great diverse group of travelers. The trip was amazing, but the company of Jayhawks and friends was even better.
Day 1-2: Lima
Welcome to Peru! We took off to wander Peru’s capital city, Lima, one of South America’s largest cities with a population of nearly 9 million residents. Here we visited the beautiful Larco Museum, Lima Cathedral and the San Francisco Monastery. Concluding our tour of the capital city, we spent our evening with a local woman named Marie at her family’s historic home in the heart of Lima, Casa Garcia Alvarado.
Day 3-5: The Amazon
Next we set off to explore the Amazon. After a quick flight to Iquitos and a bus ride to Nauta, we embarked the Delfin III. During our time on the Delfin III, we explored the rainforest, kayaked with pink dolphins, bird-watched and made friends with monkeys. Our group of Jayhawks also fished for piranhas, visited a local community called San Jose, and had a champagne toast at the point where the Maranon and Ucayau rivers form the Amazon. We had so many amazing adventures during our time on the river thanks to our amazing guide, Sandro Soria!
Day 6 & 7: Cusco (Sacred Valley)
After a hard goodbye to the crew on the Delfin III, we set off to “The Sacred Valley of the Incas.” Here we visited the Ollantaytambo ruins, ate a delicious meal at the Wayra Restaurant with a Peruvian horse show and visited Chincheros to get an authentic weaving demonstration. Our guides Wilson and Queoma were so passionate and filled us with so much knowledge on the history of this region of Peru.
Day 8: Machu Picchu
The day we had all been waiting for! We headed off to the Ollantaytambo train station to board our train on the Inka Rail to Machu Picchu. The train ride in itself was gorgeous: the views of the mountains and the changing countryside was fascinating.
Upon arrival we headed up the mountain on a bus to enter into Machu Picchu. It truly was amazing; words do not do it justice. We were so lucky to have a perfect day learning about its history and seeing its beauty. We finished off with a great meal at the Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, where many of us had guinea pig, a Peruvian delicacy.
Day 9-11: Cusco City
Our final stop in Peru was Cusco City. We visited the Koricancha Temple (Sun Temple, now the Santo Domingo Monastery, Sacsahuaman archeological area) and the Cusco Cathedral. The city was filled with gorgeous architecture, engaging history and delightful food.
We finished off the trip with farewell cocktail hour, where the entire group got to say final goodbyes and our good friend Rowe lead the Jayhawks in the Rock Chalk Chant! The perfect way to end the trip.
The Flying Jayhawks “Wonders of Peru” trip took place Sept. 27-Oct. 7, 2019. The trip was hosted by Merideth Warinner, d’16, the Alumni Association’s operations and membership coordinator. View more photos from the trip; pictures may be downloaded for personal use. Find more information about Flying Jayhawks trips, including a schedule, or sign up for travel emails.