Hi! I’m Cady. Cusco is amazing! Yesterday afternoon, we saw some of the marvelous creations of the Inca. They built terraces on the mountain side to experiment on how plants grew in different humidity. The terraces were circular and they had steps going up the side. The Inca brought stones from the river to build the terraces, which have lots of layers. A man that the Inca called a priest had a house on the terraces where he and others could take care of the plants. When you stood on the edge and looked down to take a picture, you could see the amazing structures that the Inca built long ago. If you looked hard enough, you could almost see the Incas working. A research group had just finished restoring it and looking for clues to how the Inca lived and farmed. They used aqueducts to irrigate the terraces. Although they were also used for farming, the terraces were also a temple, a place to worship the gods. Just looking at the terraces, you could tell how magnificent the Inca were.
We ate lunch at the Aranwa Hotel, where we would be staying that night. After eating a lunch of soup and pasta, we went to explore the rooms. Our rooms had everything that you could imagine- plus more! After we were satisfied with are examination, lots of us went swimming. The water was freezing! We all got into the hot tub, where we dared each other to jump into the icy pool. After swimming, we went back to our rooms. On the way there, there were two alpacas grazing in the lawn! You would think that they wouldn’t want alpacas messing up their grass, but the hotel staff seemed very pleased to have then there.
For dinner we took a bus to a riverside lodge where there was a bonfire and a sky full of stars. The kids made pizza for dinner, starting with making the dough and then putting the toppings on. We had our pizzas and then had dessert. The pizzas were delicious! Late that night we drove back to the hotel and fell right asleep once I crawled into bed.