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Crossing the river before summiting 17,500 Pico Austria. Photo by Ella Williams (2016 Fall Semester Photo Contest, 2nd Place), South America Semester.

Back from our first trek!

The Maragua Crater outside of Sucre is actually a depression made by two tectonic plates colliding. The isolated, relatively untouched landscape coupled with fossilized dinosaur footprints send you back in time. Our hilarious and informative guide Crispin taught our students about the landscape and medicinal plants of the region. On our final day we visited some traditional J´alka weavers and learned about how weaving plays an essential role in maintaining the rich culture and history of the Andes. Tomorrow we’ll head to Potosi, one of the least known but arguably most important cities in the Americas. Potosi is home to the famous Cerro Rico Mountain that helped fund the Spanish Empire and gave rise to the modern world as we currently know it. Here are a few photos and a video from our trek!