Friday, June 12th.
Today we got up bright and early to pack up and head back to Jauja to fly back to Lima. It was sad to leave Huancayo. When we were in Huancayo, we were always reminded that we were in Peru when we walked out the door. It was noisy since cabs advertise by honking their horns, but it was a very cool place to be.
I tried a different beverage we found in the airport. It was pear flavored. I’m not sure if it was pear-flavored water or just pear juice, but it was pretty good even though I’m not a pear person.
The Jauja airport is tiny! It’s almost one room except for the security/gate area which is where you just wait until they tell you that you can walk out the door to the airplane.
I almost forgot to post pictures of our room in Huancayo. Quite spacious!
After we flew back to Lima, we picked up our group members who flew out a few hours before us. We then headed to lunch at a Peruvian buffet before crossing the street to visit the Compassion Peru country office.
At the Compassion Peru office, we first stopped in the correspondence room. This is where they sort through all the letters from Compassion sponsors and put them in boxes for each project location. A few sponsors even found their letters in their child’s project pile! It was really cool, but there is so much work that goes into getting the letters translated and then back out to the projects. Some projects are so remote that they only get delivery of letters once a month.
We also met the man who administers the CIVs (Complementary Intervention Funds) for Peru. Right now northern Peru is dealing with an outbreak of Dengue Fever. Compassion is helping with clean water to prevent the spread of the disease by using CIVs for the effort. You can give to the CIV Funds on Compassion’s website!
After the visit to Compassion Peru, we went over to a local Peruvian market full of handmade items and gifts! I really wish I had pictures, but cameras are not allowed in there for some reason. We had a great time shopping for Peruvian hats, tshirts, and other items. Alpaca yarn, blankets, and sweaters were especially popular! I never did see an alpaca in the wild, but I heard we weren’t far enough into the mountains to see them. No problem! I’ve seen plenty in my lifetime and even had a Peruvian alpaca in the herd that we had!
After a productive time shopping and hoping we could get it all in our luggage, it was time for dinner at the hotel. It had been such a long week, and tomorrow was the day I had been waiting for all week! I was exhausted, but I said a prayer that God would give me the energy I needed for Saturday.