Location: Ollantaytambo to Aguascalientes
The day started with much anticipation for a surprise activity the leaders had planned. Our suspicions proved correct when they told us we would be split into groups for a scavenger hunt. We were all given a list with ridiculous requirements for points, including giving a one minute speech in Spanish from a balcony, performing a choreographed dance in the square, work on a farm, make an adobe brick, ride a tuk-tuk around the plaza, buy a chicken foot and heart in the market, chug an Inka cola, kiss an old Peruvian woman, teach the macarena to 3 Peruvians, and many other odd tasks. We were given 2 hours and left in suspense about who the winning group would be. We were given our phones to take videos and pictures to provide proof. We got used to saying “Estamos jugando en una competencia extrano, podemos..?” which means “We are in a weird competition, can we..?”. Luckily many people were willing to help. After the scavenger hunt, we had lunch and got on the train to Aguascalientes, the town below Machu Picchu. The town was bright and touristy, but super cool. We went to dinner and tried guinea pig. They brought out the entire guinea pig, and we all dug in. It was surprisingly good! Then we went t back to the hotel and went to bed early since we were all getting a wake-up call at 3:30 AM.