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The actual Casa Chapi

Just a few shots of the village Casa Chapi dormitories, chapel, dining hall, classrooms1112150751

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How it works

Casa chapi that is

Funded by the association of U.S. Alpaca breeders known as Quechua Benefit. Home base is Hillsboro, Oregon. 89% of donations are directed to their efforts. [not bad,ehh]
The organization derives no benefit from their efforts, other than knowing that fellow alpaca ranchers/breeders have an improved life.....that's it.
O K, so, for two weeks out of the year QB transforms the school into a medical/dental/optical clinic. [yes, there is such a thing as a portable dental chair, but you nor I would ever see one in our lives normally] we try to organize the flow of anxious people who might not see another health practitioner for a year.
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they come in the main gate after waiting1 or 2 hours for us to arrive at 800.

Then more waiting in plastic chairs outside the clinic to fill out basic paperwork and see the triage person.
notice the2 schoolgirls at the end? They are holding kittens that own the school

notice the2 schoolgirls at the end? They are holding kittens that own the school

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The next person in line comes in to fill out papers and tell why they came.
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Then down the hall to the right practitioner.the floors are only this clean for the first few minutes. These ARE animal herders after all

the floors are only this clean for the first few minutes. These ARE animal herders after all

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Next they come to The optical area, if that's what they need.the eye chart is against the far wall with our smiling assistant, Cody, from Bend Or.

the eye chart is against the far wall with our smiling assistant, Cody, from Bend Or.


Then, after the screening for distance and close vision....they, patiently, wait moreThe boxes behind these gentlemen contained. the 2,000 pair of glasses we brought.

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Touristing in Cusco

one of the cathedrals in the central plaza. Built on top of ancient Inca temple

one of the cathedrals in the central plaza. Built on top of ancient Inca temple


Interesting blend of Turkish and Spanish architecture.

inner courtyard. Spaniards built a convent on top of this temple

inner courtyard. Spaniards built a convent on top of this temple


weavers from a valley using backstop looms to weave patterns typical of their area

weavers from a valley using backstop looms to weave patterns typical of their area


and<br /> One of "Joe tourist"

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One of "Joe tourist"


time for dinner. Guinea pig anyone

time for dinner. Guinea pig anyone

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A day seeing Machu Pichu

Extrordinary !

There are few things I've seen that compare to what I saw today at Machu Pichu. How long did it take? How did the huge stones get moved? Answers aside, it is a spectacular place to spend a day.
looking down on the educational portion.buildings to the right housed separate men's and women's living quarters. Larger units for teaching architecture, astronomy etc. Across from that are smaller temples for worship

looking down on the educational portion.buildings to the right housed separate men's and women's living quarters. Larger units for teaching architecture, astronomy etc. Across from that are smaller temples for worship

massive doorway between men's and women's area. There are pins carved out of the rock to hold a wooden door lashed on hinges and locked through the rock at the top with the hole in it.

massive doorway between men's and women's area. There are pins carved out of the rock to hold a wooden door lashed on hinges and locked through the rock at the top with the hole in it.


sundial on the highest area.  Not an hourly dial but a seasonal one aligned with the equinox and solstices. "Very smart people" our Quechua guide kept reminding us. The dial is out of one stone.

sundial on the highest area. Not an hourly dial but a seasonal one aligned with the equinox and solstices. "Very smart people" our Quechua guide kept reminding us. The dial is out of one stone.


and, of course, yours truly in classic tourist pose position.

and, of course, yours truly in classic tourist pose position.

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