Hello, I’m “big daughter” and it’s not long now until I go to Peru. I just wanted to say a huge thank you for everyone’s generosity, through donations or by buying my Mum’s sock book (she is putting the profits towards my fundraising). I’ve been overwhelmed by the kindness of people that have helped me towards the total costs of my expedition.
For anyone who might not know, in July this year I will be travelling to Peru with World Challenge, via Amsterdam (which seems a bit mad to me as it’s in the wrong direction!) with KLM airlines.
The expedition lasts for 4 weeks. The first few days involve an acclimatisation trek, where we have time to get used to the altitude. Then we take on our main trek, called the Huaracondo trek. Where we are trekking is marked in red.
It starts in Cuzco and we travel up to nearly 4000m and eventually end in Ollantaytambo which is a ruined town in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. This is where the Incas retreated to after the Spanish took Cuzco. (The next few pictures of Peru were taken by somebody else but I should have lots of my own to show you when I come back!)
The middle of the expedition involves helping out the community. We aren’t entirely sure what we will be doing exactly as they send us to where they need help the most which will only be determined nearer the time. However, I do know that we will be working in a school helping to teach English as well as building or repainting in the community.
Our final week involves visiting Machu Picchu, where we get to see the sunrise over the historic ruins
as well as spending the night with a family in Lake Titicaca, which will be really interesting to experience how they live over there. We will also visit the Paracas National Park.
The cost of the expedition that I had to raise was £4,500, however I also have to fund the cost of my equipment so I've been doing some fundraising and working in a local pub and of course there have been your contributions. I've got a lot of my kit now such as my waterproofs
and lots of things that I hadn't thought about until I got my kit list like boot laces and a door stop for when we stay in hostels.
The boots turned out to be the most expensive of my kit but I will be wearing them pretty much every day so it was important to buy comfortable ones and I’m still on the lookout for a good deal on a rucksack to take! In order to be able to walk 12km a day, I’ve been in training by walking the dog with my Mum around the fields by my College which in the beginning was challenging as I didn’t realise how unfit I was! But I’ve really enjoyed getting to spend time with my Mum as with our busy schedules, it’s hard to spend a lot of time together.
We spotted this fallen tree in the woods on one walk - I thought it looked really unusual!
The amount of vaccinations needed in order to go to Peru made me feel like a walking pin cushion, and although I did faint the first time (much to my Mum’s amusement), I think I’ve become a lot less squeamish! Quite a few were covered on the NHS which I was very grateful for, but jabs like Yellow Fever and Rabies were a lot more expensive than I expected. It's a good job I don't need them every year!
Thank you again for your kindness and to my Mum for letting me have a guest post on her blog. I'll do another one a bit nearer the time to let you know more about what I'm going to be doing!