Stories from the Field
Machu Picchu and the Road to Cusco
July 12, 2015
We’d finally reached the point of the trip the entire group had been waiting for- a visit to Machu Picchu, the most famous site in all of Peru. Machu Picchu is an old royal estate of the Incan Emperor Pacha Kuti, located in an incredibly unique environment with characteristics of both the mountains and the jungle. The group got off to an early start and hiked Wayna Picchu, a mountain that sits above Machu Picchu. From Wayna Picchu, we had an amazing view of the ruins and also got to take some great shots with the mountainous background and jungle scenery. Although it was tiring, everyone agreed it was worth the hike!
Ollantaytambo and Our Trek to Lares
July 5, 2015
Shortly after arriving in Cusco, we hopped on our bus and drove to the town of Ollantaytambo, discovering the true awe of the highland Andes along the way. The striking image below cannot come close to portraying the beauty we witnessed. We paused during our journey to enjoy the striking views and a classic snack of local corn and cheese. Over the next days we enjoyed exploring the ruins in the area alongside our Nat Geo Expert Peter Frost.
Celebrating the Incan Empire through Writing and Photography
July 22, 2014
Today was our last day in Cusco and Expert Peter Frost presented archaeological research explaining how the Incas cut stones so precisely and then maneuvered these heavy megalithic structures. Inspired by Peter, we then presented our final On Assignment projects to each other. Hearing the Archaeology students read their papers out loud, we were amazed how much we’ve learned about the history and the culture of ancient Peru. Below explore a photo gallery of the Photography On Assignment students’ work, as well as some excerpts from the Archaeology On Assignment students’ projects.