RUTA INKA 2015 - CELEBRATING THE RESURRECTION OF QHAPAQ ÑAN (*)
1. What is Ruta Inka?
Different peoples have recognized it as its Cultural Embassy in the World, by calling altruistic students, to make them serve indigenous peoples and their ancestral culture. For the best performance of this responsibility, the Inka Route develop with increasing emphasis, the learning from the wisdom of our peoples, which it is not taught in study centers.
In this way, young people complement their academic training; also knowing the history of conquered not only the conqueror. However, young people who have come from different continents and countries have their own definitions. Some called it "the University of Life", others called it "the laboratory of dreams" and if you want your own definition, you might have to enroll yourself in our next issue and so you could form your own concept.
2. How many expedicion have you organised since your foundation?
Ruta Inka was born on 21 june 2000 since that we have organised 11 expeditions which has mobilized more than 900 students from Argentina to Mexico. Not all have been similars, most of them have been successful, but a few have had some setbacks because its extensive itineraries, inadequate budgets (very low fees), or because we weren't careful enought in selecting participants and other problems. But every expedition has been a school of learning and we make efforts to improve from previous experiences.
3. Which are the requirements to participate in this new expedition?
The requirements are outlined on the basis of selection. We have established the need to fill a form, enclosing one letter of recommendation, with the intention of having a good selection of participants. The monograph is optional and can also be present after being selected, as these will be reviewed by our sponsors authorities, for selecting, publication and awards purposes. What is important is that the applicant must submit proposals to contribute to the success of the expedition. Everyone must work with its artistic, literary, academic skills or logistical support to make the journey a success and a memory for life.
4. By what criteria the old explorers were selected?
Their degree of loyalty to the inka route will be evaluated. Therefore they must expose actions that have been made for the benefit of the expedition in which they have participated, then must show their cooperation after the route, in terms of dissemination of the call or management or help to the organizers in the coordination to achieve the objectives. they are exempt from the age limit.
5. Can take part people who pass the age limit?
We can accept if the cooperation proposals are really attractive, and if in addition to the current requirements are recommended by an ex participant of our trust.
6. There will be an academic program that has to be followed for the participants?
We have always had the objective to develop our expeditions with the characteristics of an itinerant college of ancestral wisdom. But when our itinerary was very extensive, we could not coordinate to detail all activities, especially organizing workshops and academic activities for our expedition. Therefore, for this new expedition of 50 days, Dr. Javier Lajo, renowned researcher of Qhapaq Ñan and Andean culture, has assumed the Academic Direction of the Inka Road 2015, who will offer a program endorsed by the National University of San Agustin to our explorers. Also we will not accept applicants with very low registration fees (except exceptionally) to have the resources to hire some artists and specialists in ancient culture.
7. How much will cost the registration fee?
The applicants shall write in their application file a reasonable proposal to support 50 days and 49 night of travel. The funds will be administered in a transparent and severally way, under the criteria provided for our organization and with the participation of explorers with accounting knowledge. What we are looking for is that the solidarity and generosity of those with more solvency, allow accept explorers with fewer resources, especially with indigenous origen.
8. Have you established minimum amounts for the registration fees from participants?
Exceptional we will accept the minimum fee of US $ 500 to the monitors, exceptional students or low-income students. Journalists could pay less or even no payment to join us if a reliable commitment to cover the expedition. In the others cases we will evaluate carefully to give solvency and viability to the trip so develop with dignity with the provided resources and do not see the need to cancel some visits or delete some activities for lack of funds. Unfortunately the cost of transport is the most expensive, and carriers raise rates in high season, which coincides with the completion of the expedition.
9. What airport you recommend arriving for the opening and from where we should return?
As announced, the issue opens on June 21 in Copacabana, a Bolivian town that is three hours from the airport of El Alto to La Paz. Therefore, it is advisable for participants to buy their tickets (Country of Origin - La Paz - country of origin) reaching Airport El Alto (Bolivia) on 19 or 20 June, returning to the spot after August 11th. Whereas the issue officially ends on August 9, they can quietly go to La Paz in two days out from Machupicchu. However, they can contemplate staying on their own in La Paz that will has anniversary since August 10, or Arequipa also be holiday, being its main day of festivities on August 15th.
10. It is possible to participate for a shorter period than 50 days of the expedition?
We give facilities to students who can not attend the whole expedition in which case the proposed fee may be proportional. In general the first 20 days in Bolivia will be cheaper, the cost of living is lower and that the Bolivian government officials help us, as opposed to Peru where the cost of living is higher and government authorities are more indolent and generally only we have the support of some regional, municipal and university authorities that are allies or sponsors of Ruta Inka.
11. Could you tell roughly what places we visit?
With the beginning of this year we started to design the definitive itinerary of the expedition. Definitely will open in Copacabana (Bolivia) on June 21, as part of the celebrations for the Andean New Year and after visiting the Isla del Sol and participate in the rituals of worship of the sun, making the walk down the "Road Choro”. Also visit The magical Salar de Uyuni, Curahuara de Carangas, the complex of Tiwanaku and landmarks of the Department of La Paz in Bolivia. We will continue entering in Peru by Puno to visit the Titicaca lake, the Uros islands, Taquile and Amantaní, also its most important provinces. From there we will descend to the region of Arequipa with the same aim, exploring several of its largest provinces, especially in Caylloma where we will have the opportunity to appreciate the majestic flight of the condor in the Colca Canyon. Also we visit the Pampas of Nasca, the vicuña reserve in Ayacucho, Apurimac region with its majestic attractions and we will enter in the Reserve of Manu, in the region of Madre de Dios, World Capital of Biodiversity, and then we will explore the most important archaeological sites in the Cusco region in its various provinces: Choquequirao, Machu Picchu, Q'eswachaca, Valle sagrado, are some of the many ingredients that we can mention. In all regions we will pass through some paths of Qhapaq Ñan, and will manage access to the Inca Trail for part of the delegation, as a reward for good performance and efforts to promote the values of our Inka route.
12. Is necessary to learn the songs Ruta Inka?.
When we get to the villages, our expedition should not be a passive spectator of the facilities that offer us, but must participate in the cultural exchange by presenting artistic performances played by the same explorers. In this context, sing our own songs, is a good choice, especially for thank the artists who make us free songs to promote the issue and socialize their goals. It seems that will be accompanied by more than one artist and thus will be able to dazzle the towns and show that there is much talent in the Inka Route. We will also promote learning the Hymn of Cusco in the language of the Incas: The Quechua. As mentioned, explorers must strive and show a genuine interest in learning the local culture, therefore Quechua,and better they do have preference to enter to the lost city of the inka trail, as the access is very restricted and is difficult for al participants to go as july is high season of tourist.
(*) Translated in collaboration with Luana Rocio Huck Tallarico, Psychology student at the Catholic University of Santa Fe