Wednesday, July 18: I went to clinic all day out in one of the local villages. Dr. Le and Dr. Thompson (a retired air force colonel and flight surgeon) are awesome and allowed us to participate in their patient check-ups.
Thursday, July 19: Since I only got to spend one day with social services, I requested to spend the last day building a house!
My last night in Piura involved an insightful conversation with a retired Air Force colonel and flight surgeon, Dr. Jeff Thompson. He shared stories, advice, and wisdom and made recommendations for future base suggestions (as if my preference matters). I could tell from my previous observations in the clinic that he was a military doctor! What a respectful, thorough doctor he was.
Friday, July 20: We left Piura and flew to Lima where we did a day tour. The next day we flew toCusco. At the hostel we met Jorge, who was born in Peru, raised in LA, and is currently traveling the world. He watched over us and escorted us out on the town.
Saturday, July 21: In the evening I went out in Cusco with Jorge, Ellen, Lauryn, & Lisa.
Sunday, July 22: Re-engergized and prepared for the trek
Monday, July 23: The 26 mile trek begins!
Tuesday, July 24: Mostly uphill all days, very hard, made it to Dead Woman's Pass followed by a long downhill section
Wed, July 25: Longest day of hiking. Hiked through a rainforest
Thursday, July 26: Woke up early to wait in line for the gates to Machu Picchu to open. Saw the sun rise on Machu Picchu then hiked to the Incan site!