The People of Cusco I recently had the privilege to travel to Peru with the goal of hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. While the 50 kilometer hike to one of the wonders of the world was filled with natural beauty, what struck me the most from this trip was the people of Cusco. The small city in the Andes Mountain Range sits about around 11,000ft in elevation and once was the capital of the Inca Empire. These days Cusco is the launching point for many of the treks that lead to Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley of the Incas. At first impression, I was struck by what I assumed was poverty. No windows on buildings, poor water supplies, and unsanitary conditions were rampant. But after spending a week in the region, I started to think it was something different. I saw a very proud group of people clinging onto old world ways of doing things. I saw joy, and life, and love, and most of all, I saw an unwillingness to change in this ever changing world.
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