This was the most exhilarating field trip ever to be planned as part of an IVACG symposium. Four days and three nights spent between 2,800 and 3,200 meters was not for the faint-hearted but our travel agents, Condor Travel, allocated our time with utmost efficiency and clockwork precision to ensure that we neither wasted a moment nor lost any of our colleagues through natural or unnatural circumstances. The field excursions encompassed a tour of historic sites in and around Cusco on our day of arrival, a day-long visit to one of the 10 UNICEF-supported Child Development Centers in the mountains surrounding Cusco on day two and a day-long visit to Machu Piccu on day three. We returned to Lima on day four when everybody was just about acclimatized to the altitude and many would have been pleased to stay on for another week. However, the unexpected intensity of the sun on the previous day in Machu Piccu had given several people a rosy appearance that resembled a good week’s exposure!
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