On a recent trip to Peru and Ecuador, we were able to install 3 swing sets, 1 in Cusco, Peru, and 2 in Otavalo, Ecuador. They were a fun activity.
While touring in the Cusco/Sacred Valley/Machu Picchu area, I asked our guide about the possibility of constructing and installing a swing set. He indicated that his brother was a metal fabricator and that there was a small preschool near his brother’s place in Cusco that could use a swing set. So we decided to go ahead and build one. While our party (brother, sister-in-law, daughter, son-in-law, and grandson) was touring, our guide’s brother constructed a 3-seat swing set from scratch.
On our return to Cusco, we all met at the fabricator’s shop and carried the swing parts to the preschool. At the school, we did the final assembly and concreted the legs into the ground. We had a lot of help from the locals, and the kids were great fun. It was a great community activity.
The preschool is located on one of the foothills surrounding Cusco. From the school, there is a beautiful view of the city. The preschool building is quite nice, but the teacher indicated that were short of school supplies. She gave us a comprehensive list of what they needed.
After the swing set installation was complete, the school staff had a short dedication with me breaking a bottle (think of a ship dedication). I hit the bottle so hard that it shattered to dramatic effect. All in all, it was a great experience.
Next, we met up with a humanitarian group–Eagle-Condor–in Otavalo, Ecuador. The group had carried some swing set parts to Ecuador for me. So all we had to find in the Otavalo area was metal pipe, chain, cement, and wood for the seats. These we found in a nearby large city. Eagle-Condor was nice enough to purchase the remaining parts for the two swing sets.
We installed 2 2-seat swing sets, one at a preschool and the other at a community center. Both were installed in a small community–Iltaqui–located on the side of a large volcano cone. In addition to the 2 swing sets, we also made repairs to a nearby swing set and seesaw.
While in Otavalo, we noticed an interesting new variety of swing seat. We decided to give them a try.