It was a touch challenging to find the store which sold toys in Cusco. I really could of used brushing up on some key phrases, but 'which way to the toy store?' probably wouldn't be one I would of learned regardless. Eventually, I found the 'Plastica/plastico store'. This is no Toys R'Us. The toys were all of very inferior quality, and there was very little selection. Much of the store was covered in dust. There was an internal staircase inside the store, to reach the toy section - downstairs were plastic items such as buckets, plastic bins and the like. I had a moment of weakness, feeling faint and quite dizzy on the stairs. I had to sit down and drink water - the locals were very sweet and enquired how I was feeling. This was the first time I felt affected by the altitude. After water and some deep breathing, I continued on my mission which was to buy gifts and school supplies for the children at the Cusco orphanage.
Yure, my travel guide, has a company called Peru Trek 4 Good, and his mission is to help as many good causes as he can and encourages his clients to partake and contribute in some way to help the people of Peru. I admired that and this is why I chose to book with his travel company.
I purchased my donations and made my way back to the hotel to meet Yure, who took me to the orphanage to drop off the items. Here I met the director of the orphanage and discussed a day and time to come back to meet the children (they were in school at this time). The orphanage was clean, well situated and the children looked healthy and taken care of. I hope, by the time I write this post, they are no longer there and have found their forever home and a loving environment to thrive in.