|Just one of the friends we made on our way trekking to Laguna 69|
Saturday, September 3, 2016
The end of week 1, some travel and back to the schools!
We made it back to United States safe and sound! We apologize for the delay in blog posts due to a very busy work schedule followed by some adventuring, but here are three new updates about our final week in Peru.
After completing the seminar, we said our goodbyes to Dr. Phelan as she left that night to return to the US so she could continue her audiology work back at the Northwestern clinic. Having a clinician with us this year was a valuable addition to our team and we hope to continue this tradition on future trips. With the weekend free, the group decided to head to Huaraz to do some hiking/exploring. We hopped on another overnight bus on Friday and spent Saturday exploring the town and acclimatizing to the elevation. On Sunday morning, bright and early, we headed out to Huascaran National Park and hiked Laguna 69 – a 6-hour round trip hike with a peak altitude of 15,000 feet!! It was quite the adventure, but it was well worth it! That same day, we got back on the overnight bus to Trujillo (we were getting quite good at these) and arrived early Monday morning. We just wanted to mention that we have had many great sponsors who have helped fund this volunteer trip, but all recreational traveling has been paid for by ourselves.