The crisp air and bold billboards outside the airport of one of South America’s largest cities woke us as the clock struck midnight in Lima. A group of 31 cancer survivors and caregivers, who began their morning in the U.S. – most of them in Des Moines, Iowa – gathered their belongings and boarded a bus toward a hotel in the cozy neighborhood known as Miraflores, just blocks from the Pacific.

Though it was a smooth and enjoyable travel day, most of the members took to their beds upon check-in while a pair of bolder night owls made the journey to the dark ocean to ensure catching a glimpse before we embark on another flight for Cusco early in the morning, a city of 350,000 that sits in the Andes at over 11,000 feet in elevation. For now, we rest in preparation of the hike of the Inca Trail, destined for Machu Picchu.

5 Responses to “Lima”

  1. Julie Brown

    Thank you so much for the posts. I’m a friend of Greg Shireman. I love your update. Please keep them coming. Good luck and HAVE FUN.

  2. Diane S Kolmer

    Miraflores..where we lived when I was in Lima as a little girl…a beautiful little berg….with the ocean so close….I can see you all there…what excitement! Congrats and good wishes…your travels carry my hopes and joys with you all….!

  3. Kelsey Galles

    So happy I can follow the trip! Have fun mom and dad 🙂

  4. Diane S Kolmer

    …I forgot to add….between God and Deming watching out for you…and your own strength and compassion you will be a success!

  5. Alan and Sue Sabroski

    Thank you for the pictures and stories to follow along on your journey!


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