Recently, we introduced a new series on the blog that allowed readers to see another side of the UCEC shop: our team's lives away from work. From hobbies to sports to vacations, we hope to show you what makes our UCEC family passionate about work, play and everything in between. 

Today's photo essay is from Zach Fothergill, Operations Support Manager, and features his recent trip to Machu Picchu, Peru. 

Margarite and I pose above Machu Picchu, a 15th century Inca historical site that was rediscovered in 1911. Machu Huyana is the mountain in the background. There's a three-month waiting list to climb Machu Huayna, so we were definitely excited to hike it. It turned out to be the highlight of our trip because the view of Machu Picchu was incredible (along with what we could see of the rest of Peru).

Margarite and I pose above Machu Picchu, a 15th century Inca historical site that was rediscovered in 1911. Machu Huyana is the mountain in the background. There's a three-month waiting list to climb Machu Huayna, so we were definitely excited to hike it. It turned out to be the highlight of our trip because the view of Machu Picchu was incredible (along with what we could see of the rest of Peru).

Terraces were used by Inca farmers throughout their empire to control erosion and increase surface area. Many terraces near Machu Picchu have been reconstructed. 

Terraces were used by Inca farmers throughout their empire to control erosion and increase surface area. Many terraces near Machu Picchu have been reconstructed. 

On our second day in Lima, our tour guide took us around the city to see many great things from the catacombs under the cathedrals, some of the local markets and several museums showcasing the rise and fall of the Inca empire. This picture was taken at Museo Larco which had a beautiful garden in the courtyard.  

On our second day in Lima, our tour guide took us around the city to see many great things from the catacombs under the cathedrals, some of the local markets and several museums showcasing the rise and fall of the Inca empire. This picture was taken at Museo Larco which had a beautiful garden in the courtyard.

 

Our tour guide took us throughout Cusco to see the different things that the city had to offer such as some of the local textile crafters and lesser-known Incan sites like Saqsaywaman. Cusco is nestled in the Andes surround by mountains over 20,000 feet tall (some as high as 22,205’) and the city is over two miles in elevation so that was pretty spectacular to see and experience by itself.

Our tour guide took us throughout Cusco to see the different things that the city had to offer such as some of the local textile crafters and lesser-known Incan sites like Saqsaywaman. Cusco is nestled in the Andes surround by mountains over 20,000 feet tall (some as high as 22,205’) and the city is over two miles in elevation so that was pretty spectacular to see and experience by itself.

We took a six-hour bus ride/tour from Cusco to Aguas Calientes. This picture was taken at a stop during the trip.

We took a six-hour bus ride/tour from Cusco to Aguas Calientes. This picture was taken at a stop during the trip.

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