Dallas Academy Students Explore Peru

Dallas Academy's high school students, along with Ms. Murski, Ms. Delaney, and Ms. Albani, enjoyed an adventure of a lifetime over spring break. Dallas Academy's students spent a week exploring the beautiful nation of Peru.

During their first days in Peru, Dallas Academy students enjoyed a sightseeing tour of Lima which included visits to the Government Palace, City Hall, Cathedral of Lima, Miraflores, San Isidro, San Francisco Convent, the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, and Hola Lima. Students were fascinated by the incredible architecture of the capital city and were welcomed warmly by the locals.

Students then flew to Cuzco for a sightseeing tour of the city which is known as the center of the Incan empire. Students began their tour at Tambo Machay, the ritual baths probably by nobility. Then they saw the stone at Qenko, which was historically covered in lamb’s blood by priests to pray for luck for the coming planting season. Students explored the Puca Pucara, which was likely a hunting lodge or vacation home for the emperor.

Next, students took an excursion to Machu Picchu. Built to resemble an ear of maize, Ollantaytambo is one of the few remaining examples of Inca urban grid architecture and is surrounded by the stunning snow-capped Andes Mountains. Machu Picchu is known as the icon of the Inca civilization where they built their empire at the peak of their power around 1450 but was abandoned a century later during the time of the Spanish Conquest. The area includes ruins of palaces, plazas, temples, and homes which may have been built as a ceremonial site, a military stronghold, or a retreat for ruling elites. The site remained relatively unknown to the outside world for centuries so it is considered highly significant as an intact cultural site. Machu Picchu was recently selected as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

In addition to the majestic Machu Picchu, students enjoyed a visit to the Wildlife Sanctuary where they saw condors, bobcats, llamas, monkey, and hairless dogs. Another highlight was the shopping excursion at the Pisac Indian Market. While at the market, students were surprised to see cooked guinea pig, a delicacy of Peru. Students purchased ceramics, alpaca blankets and sweaters as well as Inca inspired jewelry. Students also gained an appreciation for coca tea, which is used to aid with altitude sickness. Another highlight of the trip was the train ride through the Andes Mountains where students could truly take in the sights.

During their week of travels, students enjoyed shopping, eating, exploring museums, and visiting several historical and religious sites. Dallas Academy students all agreed that this was a once in a lifetime adventure.