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A young arriero leads a mule across fresh snow in the Peruvian Andes. Photo by Benjamin Swift (2016 Fall Semester Photo Contest Finalist), South America Semester.

From Choquequirao to Machu Picchu to Lima!

Wow! So much has happened these last several days.  Our group managed to hike over 100 kilometers! from the ancient (and practically deserted) ruins of Choquequirao to famous Machu Picchu.  We learned much about the architecture, purposes, and history of both sites from our guides Percy and Edson while also catching glimpses of condors and experiencing many different biomes- from glaciers to cloud forests.  This 7-day trek was the longest (and most beautiful) trek that most of us had ever done. Our feet are sore, but we’re feeling pretty proud of ourselves.

After spending a full day exploring Machu Picchu and camping at hot springs, we boarded a flight early this morning for Lima.  Leaving the mountains behind, we’ve landed next to the coast in Peru’s largest city. Here, we will spend two days enjoying big city life, visiting social organizations and museums, before departing for transference (our final wrap up) in the small fishing village of Pucusana 1.5 hours south of here.  Stay tuned for student posts and photos! We’re busy making the most of this last week together!