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Andean priest and spiritual leader, Don Fabian Champi Apaza. Photo by Tom Pablo, Andes & Amazon Semester.

Checking in from Las Challupas

(Insert upside down exclamation mark here) Bienvenidos!

Hello families and friends, it has been quite a packed week. Our first week here in Peru has been an orientation time for us to get to know the customs of our new location and expectations for the rest of the course. We have begun to learn about local history, culture, and beliefs. For example, we have participated in workshops on “Learning Service,” Resistance, community sustainability, and Ethnocentrism. In addition to these lessons, we have also had the privilege to hear from a few guest speakers in our “Charlas.” Miguel Inti discussed his personal connection to the land and Professor Reynar Rondon gave us a crash course on Peruvian history.

But our time here has not been all learning and lessons. We have had the immense pleasure to spend this first week in Las Challupas chilling on the hammocks, practicing yoga, and tossing the disc. There are also three REALLY cute dogs (THAT WE ARE NOT TOUCHING… Because, ya know, rabies) which we have named Fluffy, Not Fluffy, and Fluffy But Not So Fluffy. We have also gone into the city of Urubamba, Ollantaytambo, and explored their markets, streets, archeological sites, and fiestas.

We are all excited to head on our Trek to Machu Picchu on the 23rd, but we will miss the incredible food and beds at Las Challupas dearly.

More updates to come soon!

Owen and Reeve