Since our last post we boarded another lovely bus and headed to Cuzco. Cuzco is a beautiful city nestled in one of the many valleys of South-Central Peru. It is the ancient capital of Peru and there is tons of history in and arouncd the city which dates back to the pre-Incas.
We arrived in Cuzco on Sunday morning and by Thursday night we had finished gathering data on all 15 future church plant locations that are easily accesible in and around Cuzco. For the last couple days we have been playing tourist. We have visited Qoricancha (the Incan Sun Temple), St. Dominic`s Cathedral, The Incan ruins at Pisac, the Qoricancha museum, the museum of contemporary art, the museum of popular art, La Cathedral (which is joined to Iglesia del Triunfo and Iglesia de Jesus Maria to form a cathedral compound), the ruins of Tambomachay, the ruins of Pukapukara, the ruins of Qènqo, the ruins of the Temple of the Moon, the ruins of Saqsayhuaman, and the Museo Inka. I would encourage everyone to google some of these sites, as many of them were miraculous in scale and craftsmanship. You could say that we`ve made the most of our time here (and we still have yet to go to Machu Pichu). We plan on heading to Machu Picchu on Monday but, as with everything in Peru, those are only speculative plans that may be subject to change, due to strikes etc.
After we get back from Machu Picchu we will be heading back to Arequipa to drop off all of our information and rest up for a couple of days before heading off to Puno (again these are speculative plans).
We are in good health and spirits. As always thank you all for your prayers.
--- Chadwick & Ryan