By McCall Longson

Our trip to Peru was most definitely a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. We began our trip by exploring Cusco, a very unique and historical city with a lot of culture—at 11,000 feet of elevation. Machu Picchu was our next stop. Wow, no wonder it is one of the wonders of the world! The entire mountain is so intricately laid out. I can’t believe that it is so old, yet so detailed and preserved. The views from atop were also amazing—the utmost greenery surrounded us. Following our amazing day in Machu Picchu, we traveled via train, bus, and airplane and eventually made it to Lima, where we spent the remainder of the trip. We explored the crazy, busy city, walked through the markets (including the Inca Market), indulged in the history of the main square, and of course, learned a great amount. One day we went to an exporting dock, with a Walmart Exec who heads Walmart operations throughout South America. We saw where they ship goods to the US, as well as walk through a farm that produces blueberries and grapes for Walmart. To top the trip off, everyone (well, almost everyone) spent the afternoon dune-buggying in the sand dunes of Ica. Despite all the bug bites and a more than few cases of the food poisoning, we had an unreal experience seeing and exploring beautiful and unique Peru.