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Machu Picchu, Aguas Calientes, Peru


Where will you visit:

Land in Cuzco, Peru, the historic capital of the Inca Empire.  Situated at 3,400m above sea level in a fertile alluvial valley fed by several rivers in the Peruvian Andes, Cuzco was developed under the Inca ruler Pachacuti into a complex urban centre.

You’ll trek the famous Inco Trail to Machu Picchu, the most familiar icon of the Inca World and often referred to as the “Lost City of the Incas”.  The complex was started around AD1400, but it was abandoned as an official site of the Inca rulers a century later at the time of the Spanish Conquest.  It was undiscovered by the Spanish during this time, so it remains a relatively intact cultural site and has been voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

Next you will head to the Amazon Basin to explore this vast rain forest that covers 1.4 billion acres which is half of the planet’s remaining tropical forest.  It is 4 times larger than the next biggest rainforest in the Congo Basin and remains largely unexplored with new animal species still being discovered.


Some questions you could ask about Peru:

  • Which Inca ruler developed Cuzco into a complex urban centre?
  • What was the Spanish Conquest?
  • What is the next largest rainforest on Earth?
  • Do you know how many tribes live in the Amazon rainforest?


Some questions you could ask about Health and Wellbeing:

  • Why is it important to eat breakfast?
  • How many minutes of huff & puff activity is it helpful to do each day?
  • Why is it important to keep hydrated with water?

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