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The entry below is a synopsis of our speakers talk on 7th October 2015.

Mr. David Wakenshaw gave us a presentation entitled “Peru” at this week’s meeting of the Cullercoats Men’s Club.

David an ex-police man starting by saying the talk was about a charity walk for “Marie Curie” in Peru following the Inca trail Trek from Cusco to Machu Picchu over 4 days in 2003.

The Inca lands were about the size of Europe but had no roads everyone walked along trails, the Spanish conquest of the Inca Empire was one of the most important campaigns in their colonization of the Americas they killed any leaders destroyed their temples and built churches on any settlements the found “Machu Picchu” was not one of them.

The trail covered 88 km (55 miles) from Cusco which was the Inca capital at 10,500ft which made you gasp for air as it is so thin (Altitude sickness can occur above 9,000ft so you had to be careful). There were 20 people on the trek accompanied by 45 Inca porters who carried all their supplies both in and out of the journey, slides of the journey shoed the tracks and terrain they followed with the only noise other than the effort of walking up to 30,000ft high mountains and down to 300ft valleys.

Some of the buildings shown were stone built without mortar and cut very princely to fit together even though the blocks ranged from 1 to 150 tons the dwellings al had 3 windows to represent the Sun, Earth and underworld. During the walk 2 of the ladies were affected by altitude sickness and had to be carried down the mountain track by the Inca porters who just picked them up put them on to their shoulders and proceeded to run down the very narrow and steep track to where they could receive medical attention 1000’s of feet below and had to finish their journey to Machu Picchu by train. The total amount raised by the group was £50,000 of which £6000 was donated by David’s sponsors.

A very good morning for all our members who thoroughly enjoyed the presentation.

Questions followed on several points to conclude the presentation.

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