A group of seven Bala Cynwyd Middle School students recently embarked on an Education First (EF) service-learning trip to Peru under the guidance and supervision of Spanish teacher Señora Leslie Bullitt. Throughout the tour, the Knights gained a deeper understanding and appreciation of the achievements and culture surrounding the great Incan Empire, which came to life in the temples, cathedrals and markets of Lima, Cuzco and the Sacred Valley.
The adventure began in the nation's capital of Lima where the crew explored the Government Palace, Lima Cathedral, Larco Herrera Museum and the San Francisco Monastery before traveling to Cuzco where they toured the Korikancha Temple and the Sacsayhuaman Fortress with an expert local guide. In the Sacred Valley, students enjoyed a weaving demonstration, visited the Maras salt ponds and toured Ollantaytambo - a massive Inca fortress with large stone terraces on a hillside. While in the Sacred Valley, the BC contingent also participated in a two-day service project helping out at a local school.
One of the highlights of the trip was the tour of Macchu Picchu – an Incan Citadel set high in the Andes Mountains above the Urubamba River valley. Built in the 15th century and later abandoned, the famous World Heritage Site is renowned for its sophisticated dry-stone walls that fuse huge blocks without the use of mortar, intriguing buildings that play on astronomical alignments and panoramic views.